January 24, 2014

Rob Ford: Why Canada Isn't Laughing

Gary Mason, Globe and Mail

The Associated Press

There was a time when Canadians revelled in the Rob Ford story. Toronto is the city that many in the country love to hate, after all. And its mayor was giving those who long ago tired of the city’s perceived self-importance and pretentiousness one wonderful schadenfreude moment after another. The mayor – and by extension the city he represents – has been the butt of jokes not just nationally but around the world. When he wasn’t admitting to smoking crack in a drunken stupor and being photographed in the company of unscrupulous gangsters he was making outrageously crude sexual remarks and conceding he drank and drove. Along the way he’s piled up lie after documented lie.

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