Dear Councillor Layton,

I know that you are as appalled by Mayor Ford’s childish refusal to take responsibility for the fiasco he’s created at City Hall as I am, as your constituent. He, his brother and their supporters seem to have lost site of the difference between apologizing to family for repeatedly passing out and falling into the Christmas tree, so to speak — and what is required of an executive leader of North America’s fourth-largest city.
(At the very least, such a leader should be apprised of what his chief of police can and cannot do regarding disclosure of evidence. And, I mean, that’s not even the very least. The very least might be not urinating on the fringe of a public school property after consuming a Mickey of vodka in the middle of the day; that is according to court documents on police surveillance that are newly released.)
The difference between what a sympathetic family need expect from an addict and what North America’s fourth-largest city needs to expect from its leader is so vast that it’s immeasurable. This isn’t an episode of Intervention; this concerns basic standards of ethical, astute, self-aware conduct as commonly required of a major, significant leader presiding over many stakeholders and investors and employees and citizens.
The unbelievable prospect that this distinction is already getting lost, when our deputy mayor told the CBC today that Ford’s AM radio show apology for, say, wandering about City Hall with a half-consumed bottle of brandy, may have addressed council’s concerns and that he deserves “a second chance,” frankly alarms the hell out of me.
The world is already beginning to shift their curiosity from the antics of our mayor to the question of why he’s being supported. THAT is what is going to genuinely damage Toronto’s reputation. How old are we in terms of political sophistication: four?
As my representative, can you please address this concern by encouraging your fellow councillors to join you in making a clear, unequivocal statement about what the City of Toronto expects of its leader, and why promising to confine his drinking to his basement while refusing to acknowledge the Lisi charges, the police surveillance, the law constraining Blair from releasing the tape, the international media attention and the implications of his repeated absences from work as he disappears into random gas station bathrooms is a blatant abrogation of executive duty.
I realise you have no mechanism to remove him. But, you can at least signal to the rest of the world that you’re aware of how extraordinarily unsettling and inappropriate this is.


1 Response » to “An open plea to my city Councillor to make Rob Ford wake up”

  1. Cabby says:

    The Rob Ford saga is beyond theatre. It is absurd and I would like all journalists to not report anything he says, writes or does. I agree that his fellow councillors should all distance themselves from him and Council should push for an election at the earliest opportunity. Many organizations have paid generously for poor hiring decisions and the people of Toronto are no exception.

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