You might be tempted to think that Ford is all about the populism (and being re-elected), what with his sticking fridge magnets on cars outside of an Etobicoke meeting and all. Or maybe he’s about SUBWAYS SUBWAYS SUBWAYS! Maybe it’s still about cutting the gravy at city hall?
Well, you’d be right to think that, but what our illustrious mayor is gunning for now is conservation of the beloved strip malls of his beloved Etobicoke; maybe even elsewhere.
You can’t be tearing down this stuff, this is not downtown. This is Etobicoke … Personally speaking, I don’t support changing anything.
Ah yes, only Toronto is for tearing down. It’s not for such vast, beautiful, sweeping vistas as the Humbertown Shopping Centre.
No wonder Robbie doesn’t want such a marvel to be tossed aside like so much outsourced garbage:
But obviously, nothing is going to fly. So, if they want to propose something, an alternative, I’ll support the community. I support the taxpayers. What the taxpayers want, I’ll support.
Interestingly, the same meeting that Rob ran out of in order to put magnets on cars was the same one at which he made these statements.
David Price, Ford’s former high school football coach and his recently named director of operations and logistics, stood between Rob and reporters after the mayor said he would take no more questions, chuckling at the thought of Ford attending the taxpayers’ meeting:
“He can do whatever he wants. Putting magnets on a community event — what do you expect him to be, up on stage?”
When asked why Rob couldn’t attend any more than a few minutes, Price replied:
“Sitting and listening to those deputations?”
So there you have it, Ford respecting the taxpayer like nobody else. I mean, it’s amazing that he had time in-between his grueling schedule to even think of attending.