Decade in review: The rise and fall of Rob Ford - 2019-12-16
In an ideal world, Rob Ford would never have been the mayor of Toronto. He'd have remained a reactionary conservative city councillor who voted against programs and policies he didn't like, and who coached football on the side. He was a nuisance, but we could have managed.
But Rob ran for mayor in 2010, and he won. And Toronto is still recovering from four years of chaotic mendacity. Worse, his particular brand of red-faced populism served as a test run for the rise of other blundering incompetents.
There's no point in printing the legend: Rob Ford was a disastrous mayor and a pretty awful person besides. His catchy campaign slogans were empty promises: there was no gravy train to stop, no fat to trim. Enabled at every turn by his brother Doug, who assumed Rob's former position on city council, Rob immediately steered Toronto into stagnation, cancelling the ambitious Transit City project on his first day in office and wasting months (and millions) looking for "efficiencies" that didn't exist.