Rob Ford YouTube video targets rival councillors
'These people have gone out of their way to ruin Toronto'
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has posted six new videos on his YouTube channel on topics ranging from the Pride flag controversy to calling out opponents for electoral defeat in the fall election.
Ford makes a brief opening statement about the victories and defeats he's suffered at the hands of Toronto city council in the opening video, before his brother, Coun. Doug Ford explains that they have turned to YouTube since they've suffered "unprecedented" bias from mainstream media outlets.
Here's a synopsis of the videos posted Tuesday:
Episode 2 begins: Rob Ford lists the council members he'd like to see lose their seats in the Oct. 27 municipal election. They include Paul Ainslie (Ward 43), Shelley Carroll (Ward 33), Raymond Cho (Ward 42), Janet Davis (Ward 31), Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38), Sarah Doucette (Ward 13), Joe Mihevc (Ward 21), Mike Layton (Ward 19), Chin Lee (Ward 41), Josh Matlow (Ward 22), Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32), Adam Vaughan (Ward 20) and Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27). "These people have gone out of their way to ... ruin Toronto, increase taxes and strip me of my powers," said Ford, who encouraged others to run in these seats. "They wanted the war, they're going to get the war."
- Pride Flag: In a response to a letter sent from a constituent who said his failed stand against flying the rainbow flag over city hall showed he was homophobic, the mayor offers this response: "This is about supporting our athletes, not about your sexual preference. No reason that I see that we should be putting up the pride flag during the Olympics. I'm not homophobic. I take offence when people say that to me. The Canadian flag should be up there, not the Pride flag." Doug Ford chastens the letter writer, saying when someone like her sends a letter to the mayor, the mayor doesn't respond by asking the writer's sexual orientation. "Don't try to put a gun to anyone's head that they disagree with you," he says. "It's just a bunch of bullies coming after you. Don't bully and call homophobic anyone that doesn't show up."
- The Yahoos: The Fords take aim at opponents of the plan to extend the subway into Scarborough, in particular Coun. Ainslie, who prefers an LRT line, David Soknacki, a former councillor who has announced he will run against Ford in this year's mayoral election, and TTC chair Karen Stintz, who has also announced she will seek the mayor's chair. "I hope they all run against me," Rob Ford says. Doug Ford calls those opposing the subway plan "yahoos" who won't pursue private-sector funding for the subway line, and who support "revenue tools," which he says are code words for new taxes.
- Let them eat cake: Mayor Ford offers a list of perks afforded councillors that he says are costing taxpayers "hundreds of thousands" of dollars, including free admission and parking at the Toronto Zoo; free Metro pass; free parking in Green P lots; free passes at the CNE; free camping; free admission to Casa Loma; free golf at city courses. "They believe the people are working for them," Doug Ford says, "not the other way around."
- Saving taxpayers' money: Mayor Ford talks about how he's returned his pay increase, while councillors accepted it. Also, Ford congratulates council on backing several of his policy moves that he says saved taxpayers' money, while rapping them over their $30,000 expense account.
- Football: The brothers Ford offer a shoutout to Orlando Franklin, the Toronto football player who played for the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, where his team lost to the Seattle Seahawks: "He made us very proud," Mayor Ford says.