Straight Talk
JERRY AGAR - Different standards for Toronto Mayor Ford

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was on hand to welcome 40 new Toronto firefighters hired on to the city on Fri. Feb.01/13

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JERRY AGAR | QMI AGENCY

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford can't "go around breaking all the rules." Despite the fact that statement is practically becoming the city motto these days, it isn't true. Of course he could go around breaking rules. He just has to learn which rules to break.

Apparently you can't use the power of your office to raise money for the under-privileged, as Ford did when he used the city logo on an appeal for funds for his football foundation, which provides a valuable program for young, mostly black and poor youth. It was a decent thing to do, but unacceptable.

The court has ruled that ultimately it was council, and not Ford, who failed to follow the rules on that matter. Are rabid, anti-Ford councillors suffering any penalty? Of course not.

In fact, on the radio Monday, I tried to get Councillor Adam Vaughan to admit what the court had decided and he would not do it. He, and others, hold themselves to a different standard than what they demand of Ford, apparently.

That fiasco cost the taxpayers time and money, uselessly.

You can spend $12,000 to throw a party for yourself as outgoing councillor Kyle Rae did. It was an indecent and appalling thing to do, but A-OK with the rest of council.

You can spend a billion dollars moving power plants for purely partisan political purposes as Premier Dalton McGuinty did. He was cheered like a rock star at the Liberal party's recent leadership convention.

You can screw with the public's money and infrastructure to the point of insanity, as proven by the 100% over-budget Peter Street Homeless Project, and the two-years-late, more than 100% over-budget St. Clair Streetcar project. No consequences to city councillors in those boondoggles.

Ford was investigated and went to trial over comments made on my radio show concerning a sole-source contract for a restaurant in the Beaches. He won that case, which is being appealed. So who was the distraction and why was there a sole-source contract?

Ford was accused by the Toronto Star of assaulting a football player. Within days, the Globe and Mail proved the story wrong. The Star will not apologize and it is still brought up by his foes as a truth.

Unbelievably, when he was a councillor, there was an investigation into Ford, not spending all of his office budget. He was found not to be under obligation to do so. What a waste of time and money.

Councillor Josh Matlow threw a hissy-fit, causing an investigation, because the mayor gave out his office phone number on the radio, in an attempt to line up support for subways. God forbid supporters of subways have a chat with the mayor.

Ford may have to pay a fine for over-spending on his election campaign. In the past, such things were settled with a charitable donation. Perhaps to a football program?

The out of control clowns are those on and off city council who have made it their mission to distract the mayor and the city from the work he was elected to do, which is to try to protect taxpayers from those very people.

For some unfathomable reason, those clowns loath the idea of smaller, fiscally responsible government.

None of these "activists" - elected and unelected - go after left-leaning politicians. They are just determined to undo the will of the electorate.

Ford, to protect the people's vote, needs to accept that he must be totally above reproach.

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