Live on CNN! Toronto’s City Hall Circus Continues


So the fact that Ford has been successful in keeping down taxes seems to be enough for some folks to claim he’s doing a great job, regardless of the circles in which he moves and the videos in which he stars.

As I write this CNN is monitoring what can only be described as a circus in Toronto City Hall regarding the future of mayor Rob Ford. One can almost imagine the Tourism Toronto staffers being talked in from the ledge as the city’s reputation takes another bashing.

In a recent poll, 72% of  respondents said the troubled  mayor should at least take some time off if not actually resign.  Perhaps they are genuinely concerned for Ford’s well-being, or maybe they are just fed up with him making a laughing-stock of the city. Yet simple arithmetic would lead one to believe that 28% are fine with the job he’s doing and with him staying right where he is.

FordToronto has long been seen as a bastion of the Protestant Work Ethic. All things boil down to money; as the old joke goes, in Toronto they say ‘Thank God it’s Monday’. So the fact that Ford has been successful in keeping down taxes seems to be enough for some folks to claim he’s doing a great job, regardless of the circles in which he moves and the videos in which he stars.

Let him carry on fighting the unions, they say; God forbid a few labor leaders should have an impact on municipal affairs. Would Ford’s alleged underworld contacts make a better impact?

Toronto has long been seen as a bastion of the Protestant Work Ethic (…) as the old joke goes, in Toronto they say ‘Thank God it’s Monday’.

Some seem to be able to put the whole Ford fiasco aside and see only the bottom-line: their taxes. While the rest of those who care enough to express an opinion are either taking pity on Ford or are rubbing Toronto’s face in it on late night television.

Ford’s base is in the suburbs, it’s these people who are tax-driven and vow to support the beleaguered mayor as long as he keeps down taxes. This juxtaposes with those who understand the damage Ford’s antics are doing to the city. For citizens who spend a whole lot of time pointing out that Toronto is a ‘World Class City’ – world-class cities don’t have to tell people they’re world-class – this whole episode is a blot on the city’s copybook.

MeDCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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