March 25, 2016

Rob Ford is gone but his “respect for taxpayers” legacy will live on

David MenziesMission Specialist

It’s been a few days since the passing of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and though he was battling a cruel form of cancer and wasn’t responding to treatment, I was still shocked. I thought if anyone could beat insurmountable odds, it was Rob Ford. 

In fact, I don’t think even his enemies were betting against him.

It was hard to watch the Media Party and progressives dash to microphones to say how much they’d all miss Rob and what a sad time it was for Toronto. Was anyone buying that?

Always a Rob Ford supporter, I first met him a few years before he became Mayor. I enjoyed his weekly Thursday spots on AM640 where he’d shine a light on spending at city hall.

But I was also intrigued by his passion to coach football for the Don Bosco Eagles, so I spent a day with him for a feature story. The game score was secondary. The real story was about hope and second chances. Rob donated $40,000 of his own money to resurrect the dormant football program wanting to give the students, many fatherless, something to aspire to. A few moms told me their sons would either be in jail or dead if not for Rob.

He was happiest when he was on the gridiron with the kids yet, the Ford witch-hunt kicked into overdrive because Rob had the gall to raise $3,500 using City of Toronto letterhead.

Enter Paul Magdar and lawyer Clayton Ruby seeking to remove Rob from office by court order. Their media accomplices joined the feeding frenzy, staking-out Rob’s home.

This is when he began to succumb to personal demons and when journalism set a new low. The media mob got nasty and personal. The Toronto Star’s front-page photo of a Kentucky Fried Chicken visit, NOW magazine’s photo-shop of Rob’s head on the body of a naked obese man. It was juvenile and vulgar.

When will these “investigative journalists” camp outside Premier Wynne’s and Dalton McGuinty’s homes to seek answers for the billion-dollar scandals under their watch?

Many saw strategy behind the spite: Rob Ford stood for the common man. His campaign slogan, “Respect for Taxpayers,” was real. Unlike progressive elites, Rob didn’t see taxpayers as cash-cows to milk with endless taxes, levies, fees and “revenue tools”.

Unlike the elitists, he didn’t rubberstamp money losing projects, standing up to unions and bureaucrats to deliver on his pledges. That’s why he won by a landslide in 2010.

There will never be another Rob Ford but there will always be an appetite for a courageous politician who embraces the “respect for taxpayers” mantra as Rob Ford did.

This will ultimately prove to be Rob’s everlasting legacy.

Rest in peace, Mayor.

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commented 2016-03-26 13:43:14 -0400
Lyric from a song….“Only The Good Die Young”. I shudder to think this may represent the demons of the Socialist Media and the Regressives will live forever to torment us!
commented 2016-03-26 11:11:58 -0400
That was the best, David Menzies. Well done.
I’m sure Rob’s family appreciate’s it, and I bet Rob does too. Very nicely said, very truthful and respectful. Our hearts go out to Rob’s family and I hope that it is some condolence to them to know that so many of us saw what was going on for what it really was, a witch hunt and burning at the stake. The left in this country seem to have no compunction, no shame. What those jackal’s did to Rob and his family was literally criminal, a disgrace and not easily forgotten. We all had high hopes for Rob. I too hoped against hope that he would kick this thing, rise to get back in the game and really kick some butt this time. He would have been great. His children have every reason to be proud of their father.
commented 2016-03-26 08:21:41 -0400
I too would have voted for Rob, had I lived in TO. He had a special gift that only a few seem to possess, the gift of community service, delivered with fairness. He was the real deal, and an example for many who could only hope to come close to touching people the way he did. He joins those rare souls who enjoyed hearing what the average person thought, with the likes of Ralph Klein. They talked to the people, and didn’t ignore them, the way the current crop of politicians do. RIP Rob!
commented 2016-03-25 23:40:37 -0400
The “common man” that David Menzies references is where I feel I fit in with the scheme of things. Although I don’t live in Toronto and never had the opportunity to cast a vote for Rob Ford, I surely would have if he had ever run for office at a provincial or federal level.
I have shed tears for our collective loss daily since his passing. I feel badly for his young children who are now without their Dad and I feel badly for the rest of his family, who stood by him as he battled the hateful media party and struggled with his personal demons.
Selfishly perhaps, I also feel badly for myself and for all who are fiscally like minded. I wanted so much for Rob to succeed politically. I had hoped that when he was finished straightening out Toronto, that he would set his sights on putting things right at Queen’s Park or Parliament Hill.
Instead he’s gone and it is not to be.
Who will step up and kick against the pricks?
John Tory, who lets the TTC, TDSB and TCHC squander money hand over fist instead of budgeting properly?
Patrick Brown, who doesn’t have the temerity to step up and say that climate change is nothing more than an excuse to steal from taxpayers?
Rona Ambrose, who I actually quite like but is only leader in name until the next leadership convention?
People gravitated towards Rob Ford because they knew he was real. They knew he would put taxpayers first. He’s the only politician that I knew for sure would not use our money to line his own pockets or for political favours and cronyism to retain power.
We all need more people like Rob Ford to represent us. Sadly, most people are too absorbed in pop culture and spoon fed left wing BS to realize it.
I’m sure going to miss him.
commented 2016-03-25 18:33:31 -0400
Excellent commentary by David Menzies, in honoring the people’s politician, Rob Ford, a politician who consistently put respect for the concerns of the little guy front and centre during his years as city councilor and then later as mayor. Rob’s shining legacy of being a hero for the ordinary people of Toronto will prevail for a long time after his sudden passing. A very long time.
commented 2016-03-25 17:22:14 -0400
Well said David and thanks for saying it!
commented 2016-03-25 16:46:08 -0400
If ever there was a case of stocking this is it. Led by the Toronto Star and the MSM.
commented 2016-03-25 16:35:03 -0400
The Canadian media party carries water for Canada’s socialists – never trust them, never believe them.

The Canadian media party is pure shit.
commented 2016-03-25 15:56:19 -0400
Good tribute, David!