At one time Toronto had the reputation as being one of the safest and cleanest cities. Now we are catching up to other cities that have the opposite reputation.. and to add salt to the wound our once looked up to city is being run by a mayor who reportedly smokes crack cocaine and hangs out with unsavoury characters, exhibits drunken behaviour and urinates in public. He has been the subject of ridicule on late night talk shows and is now known world-wide for this fiasco and other issues of poor judgement exhibited by him.
Mayor Rob Ford is handling this matter in the same way as other politicians and high profile people do who are embroiled in a scandal. The rules are as follows:
Rule number 1: Deny, deny, deny.
Rule number 2: When you can’t deny anymore–apologize, apologize, apologize–first to family and then to those you are supposed to be leading. It helps if a few tears can be shed.
Rule number 3: Accept full responsibility
Rule number 4 : Pledge to change.
Most eventually resign–but no, not our Mayor Ford. Not only does he refuse to step down, he fully intends to seek reelection as mayor in October. This fiasco is still unfolding with a video to be released shortly showing Mr. Ford smoking something from a pipe. He refuses to comment on the video until he sees it. I believe him when he says he doesn’t know what is on the video. He was probably too stoned and intoxicated at the time to remember anything. This man is an addict and desperately needs treatment and to resign his position of leadership.