Some opposing reactions to Mayor Rob Ford's apparent drunkenness at Taste of the Danforth.
After an apparently drunk Mayor Rob Ford was recorded slurring his words on Friday at Taste of the Danforth (and particularly after those recordings wound up on YouTube), there was no doubt that the incident would reopen discussion of Ford’s alleged problems with substance abuse. Here are some quotes that sum up the range of reactions, so far, at City Hall.
First, here’s Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25, Don Valley West), speaking on today’s edition of CBC’s Metro Morning. She said the mayor’s behaviour reflected poorly on the city and that he should have known to conduct himself more professionally. Or, as she put it:
“When you’re in official capacity like that, there’s protocols that are followed. You attend the event to help, really, boost the event. To maybe speak at the event and shake hands with the attendees.”
Robinson is calling on the mayor to take a leave of absence.
Meanwhile, here’s Rob’s brother Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) speaking on the Fords’ Sunday radio show on Newstalk 1010:
“I’ll tell ya, you know something, folks? I went down there with Rob, I got there about an hour later, and, I dunno, he seemed all right. Maybe he had one or two beers. But that’s the thing…Rob’s the average guy. If some people like it or some people don’t like it, Rob and I are average guys. We go down to a festival, we have a couple beers. You’ve got everyone on you.”
Okay, so Rob Ford doesn’t need to follow protocol because he’s just a regular guy. And regular guys have a few beers every now and then. Okay.
“When I’m out at an event…I’ve never seen Rob drink. At family functions, I’ve never seen Rob drink.”
So, five months ago Rob Ford was a teetotaler, and now he’s a regular guy who likes to have a couple beers. That’s quite a change.