5 Things Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has Done That Are Worse Than Smoking Crack

Written by Judd Legum

This week, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair revealed that Mayor Rob Ford appears in a video smoking crack, confirming rumors that have been swirling for months. A close friend of the mayor was charged with extortion, apparently in connection with trying to recover the video.

But while the revelations rocked North America’s 4th largest city, it is hardly the first time Ford has brought disrepute to Toronto. While substance abuse may impact Ford personally and ultimately compromise his ability to perform his job well, here are five things Ford has done as an elected official that are arguably worse:

1. Voted against AIDS funding because, If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldnt get AIDS probably.” “‘These are the facts,’ he added when asked if he backed his earlier comments. According to the United Nations, the majority of those affected with AIDS are heterosexual, non-drug users.” [City News Toronto, 6/29/06]

2. Used a racial slur against a member of the city council. “Day 3 of council’s week-long budget deliberations degenerated into chaos briefly after an outraged Mammoliti accused Ford of calling him a “Gino boy,” a term used to disparage Italian Canadians.” Two other council members confirmed Ford used the slur, but he blamed a “left-wing conspiracy.” [Toronto Star, 3/7/02]

3. Solicited money from lobbyists on city letterhead for the Rob Ford Football Foundation, his private charity. He then participated in a city council vote to drop an investigation into the matter. [City News Toronto, 1/25/13]

4. Proposed eliminating the citys watchdog agencies, after they targeted him for misconduct. You dont need a lobbyist registry, an ombudsman and an integrity commissioner. They have 20 people; they’re tripping over themselves. They’re trying to make themselves look busy.” [Toronto Star, 10/25/12]

5. Said Oriental people are taking over Toronto because they work like dogs. Later, he largely defended his comments, claiming it was a compliment. [City News Toronto, 3/06/08]

Unless Ford is convicted of a crime, he cannot be removed from office.

This post was originally published in ThinkProgress

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Mark Donner
Mark Donner4 years ago

Someone should also carefully checking the Harper psychopath for a background in crimes like pedophilia and serial murders, and kick him out of a public position before he causes more destruction, after kicking that lowlife a few times in the head. Same goes for the criminal mafia Harper surrounds himself with.

Michael H.
Mike H4 years ago

Maybe he will get hit by a meteorite

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Sandra I.
Sandra I4 years ago

Agreed, his substance abuse is not the issue. But this is just the beginning of the long list of actions and words from Mayor Ford that have either jeopardized democracy or been simply illegal.

Richard T.
Richard T4 years ago

Nobody is above the law, not me, not you not a mayor, not a senator, not even a PM. Being a buffoon is not a crime until it involves acting outside the law, and we sure have had our fill of THAT lately, here in Canaduh.

Alfred Donovan
Past Member 4 years ago

It used to be said that a good Captain would rather go down with his ship than abandon it.In this case the Captain seems to be determined to take the ship down with him.

Alfred Donovan
Past Member 4 years ago

Ah! this post has stirred up a hornets nest.However politics wouldn't be the same without clowns like Rob Ford.They never seem to get the message that they are being ridiculed and humiliated.They seen to like setting themselves up as aunt sallies.

Ken Y.
Ken Y4 years ago

and the real point is tight-ass right wing drug absurdities......the generation of the 60's was a druggie generation and truth be told a peaceful bunch

Helga Ganguly
Helga Ganguly4 years ago

Why are people comparing him to Cruz? Oh sure,they're both odious. But Cruz looks to me like a wax statue from some really bad museum-a tribute to the second amendment-or maybe duck hunting. And Ford? well Ford reminds us all to drink more water and less whiskey, and to get exercise and a check-up before we make fools of ourselves.Because sweating like a pig is never attractive people,and the only job left after this is a Weight Watcher's commercial.
And you know both Rob and Ted.Both of them agree never to give up anything-even if it kills them. And we hope so too.