the biggest fuckface on city council is having a rough week. i'm sure it makes me a bad person, but i'm thoroughly enjoying it.
Editorial: Time to park this Ford
May 4, 2006. 01:00 AM
City hall could use a maverick councillor who pinches pennies, is unafraid to scold the bureaucracy and who speaks for the average person.
What it doesn't need is a lying, foul-mouthed, irrational councillor. What it doesn't need is Rob Ford.
By his own admission, this Ward 2 councillor, who represents Etobicoke North, engaged in a series of obscenity-laced rants while attending a Maple Leafs hockey game at the Air Canada Centre in mid-April.
When asked to tone down his comments by Dan Hope, who was watching the game with his wife, Rebecca, Ford lashed out spewing vicious obscenities at both of them.
He was eventually escorted out by Air Canada Centre security staff.
No member of the public should have to suffer such abuse from an elected official. To their credit, the Hopes did not drop the matter.
They did not know the identity of the man who had confronted them but Ford had conveniently left behind a business card identifying him as a Toronto city councillor. And the couple, from Enniskillen in Durham Region, sent a letter of complaint to Toronto city clerk Ulli Watkiss.
When reporters asked about the incident, Ford denied he had gone to the game, claimed he was being slandered, and alleged he was the victim of a "hatchet job."
That story changed a day later, when Ford admitted he had lied and that the Hopes were telling the truth.
Ford's explanation for his ill-mannered behaviour was that he drank "one too many beers" before the game and was also experiencing "a few personal problems." His excuse for lying was that he was gripped by embarrassment.
Amazingly, even in the wake of his inexcusable conduct, Ford fancies himself a potential candidate for mayor. That is laughable. He should not be on city council at all.
If he has any lingering respect for the job of councillor, and the need that it be done well, Ford won't seek re-election in the Nov. 13 municipal race. If he does run, hopefully he will be challenged — and defeated — by a strong rival candidate.
Surely there is someone able to serve Etobicoke residents better than Rob Ford. Given his lamentable conduct, there must be many. They need to step forward.