This is probably the last time you’ll read about Rob Ford in this paper. That’s not because we’re boycotting him. It’s because he’s no longer a player in the future of our city.
In the early days, when Ford was reciting his mantra about the “gravy train” under a mayor who was so unaware of how the city works that he just succumbed to the leadership of bureaucrats, Ford seemed to know his stuff.
Maybe he really did. But it doesn’t matter. His stuff is stuffing.
He has been shown to breach the code of ethics we must demand of a mayor by actively promoting his private business using city staff and city facilities. He even tried to get the city to purchase from one of his major customers.
That’s just wrong and Rob Ford has to know it. Even if he doesn’t know it, so what?
We can’t have politicians promoting their own businesses using their positions with the city to enhance deals.
The city is a laughing stock insofar as our governance is concerned. The drunkenness, the flagrant drug use, the scandalous misbehaviour. The sleazing around with criminals. There’s nothing about this crackpot guy that says he ever deserves another chance at public office.
We have no reason to trust Rob Ford and we have no reason to feel any obligation to him.
If his brother Doug, a city councillor, has participated in Rob’s transgression of promoting the family business in violation of our code of ethics, he also must be retired to private life.
Council has very little leeway in dealing with politicians’ misconduct. The province has a surprising lack of both will and ability to deal with these matters. The public should expect Queens Park to deal with miscreant city politicians in a fair and defined manner, not let things go on hold until the next election.
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