The Ford Follies continue and once again little brother City Councillor Doug is rushing to the defence of big brother Mayor Robbie. And once again, Doug is looking like an idiot in doing so.
First, this past weekend, Rob, mayor of all subway-loving Torontonians, was in Vancouver on personal business. While there, our Robbie got himself a $109 ticket for jaywalking. According to articles I have read, Robbie walked into traffic on Lougheed Highway. This roadway, as the name would imply, isn’t some sleepy sidestreet. I’ve been to Van and Lougheed Highway is probably the last location in the Greater Vancouver Area I’d choose for jaywalking. In an interview with CBC News, one lady said some people just ran out in front of her and has she been going any faster, she would have hit them. Another article stated that the authorities are concerned over the number of vehicle/pedestrian incidents and have asked the police to crack down on jaywalking in the area Robbie was nabbed. This all makes sense.
According to Doug, who is letting his paranoia show again, his brother was targeted. Um, Doug? Everybody who crosses the street illegally in that area is being targeted, not just your brother. Unless of course you think that Bill Blair (Toronto Chief of Police and someone with whom the brothers Ford have a less than cordial relationship) called his counterpart in Vancouver and asked for a “favour”. In fact, I’m rather surprised Doug didn’t suggest exactly that.
Second, in a debate of all the mayoral candidates last night, when asked, Robbie said he wouldn’t be attending World Pride in Toronto this coming summer. Again, he’ll be at the family cottage, but you can bet money on Robbie being in the city the weekend following Pride for the Caribana festival (or whatever they call it now).
Once again, we have Doug rushing to defend his brother, stating that his brother is not homophobic. Uh-huh. Since being elected mayor, Robbie has consistently avoided any event that even remotely seems part of the LGBT community, the sole exception being the raising of the flag on IDAHO last year. And I wouldn’t doubt that was only through a misunderstanding on his part – “Idaho , that’s one of the states isn’t it? Yeah sure.” During his first year as mayor, Robbie was even offered the use of a helicopter to fly him from the cottage to the Pride parade and turned it down. The man may not admit to being homophobic, but as the adage puts it “actions speak louder than words”.
As for Doug, you would think he learned his lesson last fall when he was vigorously defending his brother (“my brother does not use drugs”) while across town Robbie is admitting to having smoked crack cocaine. Doug looked as if he’d been hit by a truck when he heard that one. Doug, your brother is an adult, well – he’s reached the age of majority – so let him handle his own messes before he drags you down as well.