March 22, 2016

Rob Ford remembered: “A good man, if a flawed man — and maybe what he stood for made him a great man”

Rebel Staff
 

Rob Ford passed away today at age 46, from cancer. He was the former mayor of Toronto, who was reelected as a city councillor from the Toronto neighbourhood of Etobicoke.

He was best-known for his public life and his political life and the challenges of his personal life.

But I think, just judging by the look on his face, his favourite place to be was coaching high school football.

He had time for anyone, especially for the kids who needed help.

Name me someone else in politics who would let a troubled kid sleep on his couch.

He didn’t do this as a photo op.

It was the real Rob Ford, doing what he loved.

There will be other days to mark his political record; and to argue against his defamers, the political, media and legal elites who combined to drive him from office.

That argument can start tomorrow.

But for today, all we have to say is that Rob Ford will be missed, that our hearts are with his family, and that we are glad for so many things he did.

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commented 2016-03-23 18:42:20 -0400
little mikey moron . the reality is that if he hadnt been mayor he wouldnt have been hounded by torstar corporation.. the liberal police chief blair wouldnt have wasted a million dollars on this..and insignificant @holes (you and yours) would still be insignificant @holes (you and yours.. oh wait you probably dont have a yours)..
commented 2016-03-23 17:03:22 -0400
Well said, Ezra. I did not know Rob Ford only through the media,sadly not always a good source. Condolences to his wife, children, siblings and friends. May God comfort them in their time of sorrow.
commented 2016-03-23 12:39:56 -0400
Mik Mann…..your not well. You need to seek help for your mental issues. The first step is to stop hiding behind a fake name. Baby steps you leftard, baby steps.
commented 2016-03-23 02:54:20 -0400
I can honestly say that, despite Mayor Rob Ford’s personal flaws (and we all have them), he was head and shoulders above the leftist spendthrift fools who despised him, and I will miss him, and not them. Bon Voyage, Rob.
commented 2016-03-23 00:59:34 -0400
Michael Mann, you and I must have very different definitions of what constitutes a “witch hunt”. Rob Ford was hounded night and day for years by media with seemingly nothing else to do, just waiting for the right moment to snap a compromising photo, or for some disreputable character (susceptible to bribery) to say disparaging things about him.
He may very well have had a drug and/or alcohol addiction, but if he was a LIBERAL instead of a Conservative, the media focus and news reports about him would have been drastically different, and that’s a fact. You say “he was completely guilty of the charges made against him”, and you’re certainly entitled to your opinion. However, he WAS NOT charged with any crime while he served as Mayor of Toronto, drug-related or otherwise, let alone convicted. And in Canada, criminal justice is still based on the fundamental precept of “innocent until proven guilty”.
Further, Ontario mayors DO get arrested (e.g. Todd Cowan, Joe Fontana and Victor Mitchell), in spite of their positions.
Speaking of getting a free pass for doing bad things…
When Ford was just a city councillor in 2001, he was vocal about reducing spending and reliance on government handouts. At one council budget meeting, he specifically called for cuts to each councillor’s $200,000 office budget and conference travel money, as well as ending city limousine usage and club memberships. The response from his fellow councillors was astounding. Councillor Anne Johnston proposed giving Ford a “neo-con award of the day”, while Councillor Joe Pantalone advised Ford to take Prozac.
Ford didn’t even make use of his own expense allotment, paying for his councillor expenses from his own salary. He only claimed $10 in his first year, and $4 in the second.
commented 2016-03-22 23:53:41 -0400
How Disgracefull of the liberal left like CTV, Global, etc to dishonor the passing of Mr. Ford with some of his past sins or errors, where most others in the public eye at their passing are honored with only their positive accomplishments. It sickens me when MSM people like Laflamme, Renaldo, Tom Clark, Dawna Friesen, etc. can stare us in the face, day after day with their lies and deception, obviously with no conscience.
commented 2016-03-22 23:50:33 -0400
My thoughts are with his family. Many, many citizens of Toronto will miss him. He knew how to get things done, a hands on politician. He did a great job for that city.
Rob’s in a better place now. Rob and his entire family were relentlessly hounded here by the haters, that’s over now. Lunar Eclipse tonight to mark a significant passing. Big man, big heart.
commented 2016-03-22 23:33:50 -0400
While it is very sad that he passed away, there was no witch hunt – he was completely guilty of the charges made against him. The reality is that if he wasn’t mayor, he would have been arrested and gone to jail for his actions with known criminals that he associated with.

Just because one may like his politics of “stopping the gravy train” – that doesn’t give him a free pass for all the bad things he did.
commented 2016-03-22 23:02:39 -0400
Never forgive the CINO Jason Kenney for saying disgraceful remarks about Rob Ford.

Typical behavior of this back-stabbing sodomite.
commented 2016-03-22 22:34:23 -0400
Rob Ford was a man for the people for the City of Toronto.
The great things he did for the common man/woman, AKA, the taxpayer, is legendary!
He took on the Liberal Fraudsters, as well as the thieving Public Sector Unions.
Despite his dabbling with candies and beer, his dedication to the people of Toronto, and his hard work against wasted tax dollars, never wavered!
Believe it when I say this,
Rob was the victim of an extreme witch hunt perpetrated by Bill Blair, Olivia Chow, and other Left-Wing turds that think tax dollars belong to hippies, welfare bums, and special interest.

Rob Ford,
RIP, The City of Toronto will never forget you.
commented 2016-03-22 22:04:29 -0400
He was the real deal. Outspoken in an era of politically correct landmines and egg shells. He did more to put Toronto on the map and in the news than anyone ever has. I miss him and his zest for living and speaking his mind. Condolences to his family and close friends.
commented 2016-03-22 21:26:37 -0400
I was watching world news about the terrorist attack in Brussels today when my wife told me she heard that Rob Ford had died so I reluctantly changed the channel to the CBC news to see if I could confirm the report. I was saddened to see that it was true but also disgusted to see how the CBC was reporting it. Instead of expressing their condolences and talking all the good things he did for the city of Toronto they talked more about all the scandals and kept flashing pictures of news reports about his alcohol and crack use. Addictions are a sickness and it is sad that when he finally got help for his addictions and was looking like he was turning it around he was hit with another disease from which ,even though he fought hard against , could not beat. Too bad the CBC could not have reported on that and let the man rest in peace. It just confirmed why I almost never watch this leftist garbage station.
I would like to express my condolences to the Ford family. He was a man with a huge heart and left us far to early
commented 2016-03-22 21:15:51 -0400
So sorry & sad to hear of Rob Ford’s passing. I never knew you, but wished I had. You were a politician who had integrity & did great work. Your life should not have been cut at such a young age, but God works in mysterious ways.
My condolences to your family & friends.
RIP Rob Ford.
commented 2016-03-22 19:22:08 -0400
RIP Rob Ford, you were the ONLY politician of any stripe of any level of government who actually asked his employees to cut costs. Public company CEOs often do this in times of poor business as well as lay off people and close part of operations in order to survive. It filters down from the top to the bottom and middle managers stop taking those expensive government/company paid lunches and the secretarial and mailroom staff stop “borrowing” pens, pencils and notepads. Bravo, to Rob Ford for standing out for the taxpayer as no politician, except for perhaps Ralph Klein, has ever done. As for the Media Party, as a cancer survivor I remember reading research that indicated that many cancer patients had undergone a stressor such as divorce, job loss, death of family member about a year before their cancer was detected. Perhaps, this stressor weakened the cancer patients immune system. Imagine the stress the Media Party put Rob through in the couple years before his cancer was detected.
My wife and I voted for Rob and were proud members of Ford Nation and we mourn the passing of Rob and offer condolences to his family.
commented 2016-03-22 18:14:03 -0400
Rob Ford was the grass roots type of politician many people gravitate to because they are more down to earth regular people. Like Ralph Klein, if you met him in Tim Hortons you would say Hi Rob instead of Good Morning Mr Mayor and I think people knew that Rob had their back. I believe Rob was honest as anyone can be in politics and was always working hard and in the best interests of the citizens. Compared to the vast majority of corrupt and crony politicians we are dealing with today Rob was a one man machine in the same vain as Stephen Harper or Donald Trump. RIP Rob.
commented 2016-03-22 18:04:55 -0400
Poor guy! I’m so sorry.

It’s a disgraceful fact there’ll be taunters at his funeral. All I can say about them: they’re unlikely to have anywhere near the admiration and support Rob Ford will get, in that one afternoon, for the remainder of their wretched lives. It’s doubtful their funerals will be anywhere near as well-attended, when their times come, or their memories nearly as well honored.
commented 2016-03-22 17:26:33 -0400
the cbc continued its legacy by continually looping the “crack headline” and picture behind their sub journalist… what a disgrace and trudeau makes good on that election promise by throwing another $675 million into that sewer.
commented 2016-03-22 17:24:52 -0400
unfortunately, the reports from the last few weeks made it quite obvious that this was imminent.. . you will not be forgotten for the good that you did..
commented 2016-03-22 16:00:36 -0400
Shannon – it’s a glitch, it’s not done intentionally!
commented 2016-03-22 15:31:58 -0400
WILLIAM SHEEHAN: Why do repeat the same comment over and over?
commented 2016-03-22 15:24:43 -0400
Rob & I disagreed on few things, but I still voted for him and was looking forward to voting for him, to be mayor, again!

When I last spoke to Rob, at City Hall, on January 11, 2016, he seemed fine and he thanked me for my continued support.

I think Rob was the closest thing to being the only honest politician, at Toronto’s City Hall.

I grew irritated as many of those, who opposed him only a couple of years ago, shed crocodile tears, in front of the cameras, today. (Slimy characters!)

No doubt, though, in the next election, they’ll all describe themselves as replicas of him, as “fiscal conservatives who are vital for taxpayers” – despite their records, etcetera, will show otherwise.

It won’t matter, though, because, largely, voters are stupid and overly-trusting and, so, will vote for name recognition. That is how dishonest incumbents keep getting re-elected.

At this point, when first writing this post, I launched into a tirade about a couple of those crooked politicians, but, eventually, remembered that this was not the time, for that.

So, let me finish up this way: I don’t know who to support, now.

Clearly, taxpayers lost a good man!

Sad!
commented 2016-03-22 15:24:11 -0400
Rob & I disagreed on few things, but I still voted for him and was looking forward to voting for him, to be mayor, again!

When I last spoke to Rob, at City Hall, on January 11, 2016, he seemed fine and he thanked me for my continued support.

I think Rob was the closest thing to being the only honest politician, at Toronto’s City Hall.

I grew irritated as many of those, who opposed him only a couple of years ago, shed crocodile tears, in front of the cameras, today. (Slimy characters!)

No doubt, though, in the next election, they’ll all describe themselves as replicas of him, as a “fiscal conservatives who are vital for taxpayers” – despite their records, etcetera, will show otherwise.

It won’t matter, though, because, largely, voters are stupid and overly-trusting and, so, will vote for name recognition. That is how dishonest incumbents keep getting re-elected.

At this point, when first writing this post, I launched into a tirade about a couple of those crooked politicians, but, eventually, remembered that this was not the time, for that.

So, let me finish up this way: I don’t know who to support, now.

Clearly, taxpayers lost a good man!

Sad!
commented 2016-03-22 15:23:26 -0400
Rob & I disagreed on few things, but I still voted for him and was looking forward to voting for him, to be mayor, again!

When I last spoke to Rob, at City Hall, on January 11, 2016, he seemed fine and he thanked me for my continued support.

I think Rob was the closest thing to being the only honest politician, at Toronto’s City Hall.

I grew irritated as many of those, who opposed him only a couple of years ago, shed crocodile tears, in front of the cameras, today. (Slimy characters!)

No doubt, though, in the next election, they’ll all describe themselves as replicas of him, as a “fiscal conservative who is vital for taxpayers” – despite their records, etcetera, will show otherwise.

It won’t matter, though, because, largely, voters are stupid and overly-trusting and, so, will vote for name recognition. That is how dishonest incumbents keep getting re-elected.

At this point, when first writing this post, I launched into a tirade about a couple of those crooked politicians, but, eventually, remembered that this was not the time, for that.

So, let me finish up this way: I don’t know who to support, now.

Clearly, taxpayers lost a good man!

Sad!
commented 2016-03-22 15:15:18 -0400
Rob & I disagreed on few things, but I still voted for him and was looking forward to voting for him, to be mayor, again!

When I last spoke to Rob, at City Hall, on January 11, 2016, he seemed fine and he thanked me for my continued support.

I think Rob was the closest thing to being the only honest politician, at Toronto’s City Hall.

I grew irritated as many of those, who opposed him only a couple of years ago, shed crocodile tears, in front of the cameras, today. (Slimy characters!)

No doubt, though, in the next election, they’ll all describe themselves as replicas of him, a “fiscal conservative who is vital for taxpayers” – despite records, etcetera, will show otherwise.

It won’t matter, though, because, largely, voters are stupid and overly-trusting and, so, will vote for name recognition. That is how dishonest incumbents keep getting re-elected.

At this point, when first writing this post, I launched into a tirade about a couple of those crooked politicians, but, eventually, remembered that this was not the time, for that.

So, let me finish up this way: I don’t know who to support, now.

Clearly, taxpayers lost a good man!

Sad!
commented 2016-03-22 15:12:29 -0400
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr. These words aptly sum up the measure of Rob Ford. Condolences on the loss of someone who left his mark on the great city of Toronto.
commented 2016-03-22 13:57:41 -0400
Good bye ROB FORD , nobody in Canada will ever forget you ,while your fellow councillers are forgotten.
Let nobody compare, least they be hypocrites.
commented 2016-03-22 13:55:09 -0400
Condolences to his family and close friends.
God Bless.
commented 2016-03-22 13:28:58 -0400
Ezra-a fitting tribute to Rob Ford. Flawed, yes, as are all of us. But in reality he was a loving, caring human being who gave his all for those things and people he believed in. A sad day for Toronto.
May he rest in eternal peace.
commented 2016-03-22 13:18:16 -0400
My condolences to Rob’s family and friends! Rob was quite the character, and he truly loved the people, and wanted to make a difference in their lives, by serving in municipal politics. And the real people responded to him in the same way. The best politicians are the ones that serve with love, and Rob accomplished this in his short time that he was with us. God speed Rob, God has called you home. RIP
commented 2016-03-22 13:03:53 -0400
RIP Rob deepest condolences to the Ford family we have lost one of the good ones and there are so few of them