Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Rob Ford video leaves council members frustrated, stunned

The latest concealed video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford shows him at a fast food restaurant slurring his words in English mixed with Jamaican patois.
 

The latest video to appear on YouTube featuring Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has spurred one city councillor to call for him to step down, while another says voters will decide if he holds onto his job when they head to the polls in October.

“I was just dumbfounded,” Thompson said Wednesday in an interview on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. “We’d heard from the mayor that he was turning over a new leaf. Everyone was hoping that he would change. We’re learning now that he hasn’t changed, he’s not able to change.

Coun. Michael Thompson said the mayor’s most recent drunken rant is further proof that Ford is unfit for the office of mayor and should resign for the good of the city.

Filmed Monday evening at a fast-food restaurant, the video shows an intoxicated Ford ranting and swearing while mimicking a Jamaican-style patois.

“I was just dumbfounded,” Thompson said Wednesday in an interview on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. “We’d heard from the mayor that he was turning over a new leaf. Everyone was hoping that he would change. We’re learning now that he hasn’t changed, he’s not able to change.”

Filmed Monday evening at a fast-food restaurant, the video shows an intoxicated Ford ranting and swearing while mimicking a Jamaican-style patois.

Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong said the mayor’s admission that he was drinking again is a sign that he has not dealt with an issue that is affecting him.

“I think the reality is that the mayor clearly has a problem with alcohol and that he needs help,” Minnan-Wong said.

Minnan-Wong said that the mayor’s issues and how they affect his ability to do his job will be something that voters will consider ahead of the October municipal election.

“Do they want someone who’s got an addiction problem, who’s going to hang out with known criminals? You know, that is a very legitimate question to ask the voters and they’ll have to evaluate that.” (Source: CBC News)

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