Wherefore Art Thou Mayor Ford
By Christina Robins
Robyn Doolittle of the Toronto Star posted an article today about how our Mayor seems to missing in action at City Hall these days. This article was followed by long time Councillor Shelley Carroll pronouncing the same thing a week ago, a story that ran in two newspapers.
How is it possible, that this man is the same person shouting about entitled unions, absenteeism and over paid workers less than a few months ago when it came time to draw up a budget.
According to Ford’s office, the Mayor doesn’t make it in most days before 12:30 and calls in from the comfort of his home before that to attend to any office business, in other words, he reaches over, dials the phone and listens for a few minutes before what? Rolling over and going back to bed? While the rest of the city is preparing to take a break after 4 hours of working already, not counting the sardine trip into work on the TTC, the man that was elected to run the City, can’t be bothered to show up at scheduled events. He doesn’t actually call to cancel, he just doesn’t bother showing up…don’t know about you, but that would be grounds for dismissal from any other job!
Is this leadership? Is this fair? Is this what the residents of Toronto hired him to do?
With each passing day, unless Mayor Ford is mugging a poor man of his cell phone in a public park, or lying through his teeth about stats, or spewing hate and lies on his radio show, we hear nothing from him.
His brother is more out in the public eye, but I would also like to see his schedule, he seems more about the big gestures and big mouth than he is about his own ward.
Most councillor are in at 9am, heck Shelley Carroll, I’ve heard, comes in before her staff most mornings…why because she cares about her job and the people who elected her. She cares about this city on a whole and not just about getting press and showing up her fellow councillors by calling them names or as Doug Ford said in a Globe and Mail article “dumber than a bag of hammers” when speaking of his opposition.
Unlike Ford she has proven over the years she has been in office, that she is willing to work with everyone of every political stripe, not take pot shots and divide us into categories, some worth more than others, some to be completely ignored.
If we are collectively dumb enough to vote back in a man who is lazy, self entitled and clearly hates what Toronto truly stands for, well then we haven’t learned our lesson and we deserve to lose all we hold dear in this city! If we have half a brain, we’ll elect someone who has proven themselves capable of considering others, and fully willing and able to bring the city Ford is dividing back together, to be the family we’ve always been.
When we go to the polls in 2014 can we ask before we tick the box, who showed up to work everyday and who stayed home.