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Rob Ford’s Girlfriend

Posted on 29 May 2013 by admin

Billal Sarwar

Toronto

Where there’s smoke there’s fire— or possibly crack.

As of right now, Gawker’s “Crackstarter” crow funding campaign has reached its goal of raising $200,000 in an attempt to purchase Rob Ford’s alleged drug video. However, there appears to be a slight problem. Gawker has lost contact with the drug dealers who possess the video. I mean, what is the world coming to when you can’t trust the word of a crack dealer who’s selling footage of a high profile politician to make a quick buck and flea the city?

In recent days, Ford finally broke his silence and denied, in quite broad terms, the crack cocaine allegations. With his eyes darting up and down from his written statement he said, “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.” Ford continued, “As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen, or does not exist.” Firstly, as John Cook pointed out, Ford did not technically deny ever having used crack cocaine. Secondly, in terms of not being able to comment on, “a video that I have never seen or does not exist,” I would say that’s actually quite easy. The phrases, “that never happened,” or “I’ve never in my life smoked crack, so it can’t be me,” spring to mind.

In order to highlight the peculiarity of Ford’s denial, let’s use an analogy. Let’s say I cheated on my girlfriend. I was at a local burger joint smooching some hussy and my girlfriend’s best gal pal snapped a polaroid and also starts telling other people about what she saw. My girlfriend hears the rumours, hasn’t seen the photo, but still rightly decides to confront me. It’s at this point I ignore her for several days. Then, when I finally do man-up, I look my honey-bunny in the eye and say, “I do not enjoy kissing other women nor am I currently kissing another woman. Also, I cannot comment on a picture that I have never seen or that does not exist.” Then, before she has the opportunity to ask me anything else, I run out of the room while my brother stands there trying to convince her, “What more do you want from the guy? I thought that was pretty clear. He’s totally chill and that’s so unchill.” Now, in that scenario, I wouldn’t necessarily say that my girlfriend should break-up with me, but it does seem as though I am hiding something.

We, the voters of Toronto, metaphorically speaking, are Rob Ford’s collective girlfriend. Vancouver and Montreal wonder what we see in him, but we constantly jump to his defence, “No, you don’t get it! You don’t know him like I do! Every time I gaze into his eyes I can see economic policies fiscal responsibility, and then I remember why I fell in love.” Washington looks on knowingly, shaking her head.

While these are only allegations, Ford’s denial seems oddly general and vague. Furthermore, although the public has yet to see the video, if such a video does exist, it seems unlikely that both journalists from Gawker and The Toronto Star would fabricate, from scratch, a complete fiction aimed at attacking Toronto’s mayor.

A video of a man, possibly Rob Ford, engaging in questionable activity, probably does exist. However, does it really even matter if the video is released? Ford, doubtlessly, will have mounted a relatively plausible, but ultimately fruitless defence. It won’t work. Ford seems destined, regardless, to be a one term politician. His original unpolished, slightly clumsy down-to-earth demeanour allowed him to act as a sponge, absorbing attacks and while growing politically stronger. However, he seems to have hit a plateau. His departure is a matter of time.

I’ve always maintained that I would never judge a politician’s personal life so long as they were able to perform their role(s) effectively. Ford’s constant public blunders are beginning to take a toll not just on public perception and the city’s reputation aboard, but on the way he’s perceived by his colleagues. The latter has ramifications on policy and his ability to push forward on what he believes is best for Toronto. The question is has council finally lost its already deteriorating confidence in this man? Can he make Toronto a better place?

I don’t know. I’m not sure. I don’t have the answers. But sometimes I think she deserves better.

Twitter: @iambillal

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