Rob Ford passed away yesterday at 46. Give me five minutes to tell you about the Rob Ford the mainstream media didn’t show you.
Ford was a champion of taxpayer — we know that. He cut taxes by a billion dollars.
He contracted out garbage collection, taking it away from overpaid government unions who liked to strike in the middle of a hot, humid summer. He ended the gravy train for lobbyists and insiders.
And he never even submitted expenses for himself, like all the other politicians did.
But he was also a champion of new Canadians; of minorities; of the poor. Not just in rhetoric, and not just giving away other peoples' money. Sort of the opposite of that.
I’ll show you that video the Toronto Star published of Rob Ford dancing at Caribana. The Star was trying to mock him, because he looks goofy. But every Jamaican in Toronto saw a guy loving the music and the spirit, and not worrying about cameras. That was 100% real, just like his countless hours volunteering with black kids, and hiring black staff.
Rob Ford was in real life more tolerant and open-minded and loving than the liberals who hated him.
He answered every phone call. He went into housing projects, where white liberals wouldn’t go without police escort.
Look, Rob Ford was a flawed man. But no-one deserves the relentless, systemic assault on them, 24 hours a day, in public and private.
He’s gone now. Hopefully he’s at peace. He’s probably singing a Caribbean song, coaching football, and if there were any taxes in heaven, he’d be cutting them.
I want Toronto to honour Rob Ford, by renaming the Etobicoke Civic Centre after him — the Rob Ford Civic Centre. It’s in his home neighbourhood.
It’s not a fancy thing, and in keeping with Rob’s respect for taxpayers, it doesn’t cost any money.
If you agree, please sign our petition now — HonourRobFord.com.
And please circulate this to your friends. Let’s get 50,000 signatures on the petition.
Think of it as one final mission for Ford Nation.
Go to HonourRobFord.com and join us.