Quote: Originally Posted by Spade
My gawd, Goober, you've sold your soul to the dark side!
Ford was his own worst enemy- he could have prevented this but stubborn as a mule - The Judge nailed it with his sense of entitlements- - Miller- well he was a tax now and perhaps we can find out how to pay later.
Excellent commentary from the NP - The Paper from the Dark side
Typically unhelpful Doug Ford sets course for the Twilight Zone | Full Comment | National Post
After his brother Rob Ford was booted from office (probably) on Monday, Councillor Doug Ford came out swinging in defence of the mayor. An obviously dismayed Doug Ford hit the airwaves on Toronto’s talk stations, and did a passable job sticking up for his brother. I heard a few minutes of the Councillor’s efforts last night when he hit the talk radio circuit. He did an OK job, at first. Then, predictably, he went off the rails and, if you’ll forgive the mixed metaphor, set a course for the Twilight Zone, at warp factor eight.
But then he immediately veered back off into some crazy alternate universe where he and his brother are permanent victims who’ve never done anything wrong. Early in the conversation, Doug bemoaned the fact that apparently his brother is being punished for “raising money for kids.” He returned to that theme later in the conversation when he was asked by John Tory whether he felt the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act needed to be amended to give judges more discretion in determining sentences. “I think it’s in need of review, John,” Doug Ford replied, “if you can’t raise money to help underprivileged kids.”
Bzzz. Sorry. Thanks for playing, but that is not the correct answer.
Rob Ford has taken criticism for how much time he spends coaching his football team. But, contrary to History as Told by Doug Ford, no one is saying that Rob Ford should not “raise money to help underprivileged kids.” Certainly, Justice Charles Hackland never said that. Nor has anyone on council. He can, and by all means should, raise money for kids.
But what he cannot do is use city resources to do so, as he did in 2010. And he certainly cannot then vote to absolve himself of that earlier finding, which he did earlier this year. Ford could raise a bajillion dollars for charity and not one of his critics would have a leg to stand on if they complained … unless Ford violated the city’s rules, twice … which he did.
As much as Doug Ford and other allies of the mayor may like to pretend this is about charity, it really isn’t. He’s proving, yet again, that when Justice Hackland wrote that the mayor had a “stubborn sense of entitlement,” he knew what he was talking about, and that it isn’t confined to just one Ford. The Fords are entitled to their day in court, to an appeal and to make their case to the public.
But they’re not entitled to their own facts. Any suggestion that Ford got in trouble for raising money is bogus. Full stop. Maybe in some other parallel dimension, but not this one.