JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TORONTO’S MAYOR FORD DENIES RESPONSIBILITY FOR TTC BUS FIASCO WHERE PASSENGERS WERE DUMPED SO THAT THE MAYOR’S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM COULD BE PICKED UP – MY PARADE BALLOON SUGGESTION   Leave a comment

CHUCKMAN - FORD - AS PARADE BALLOONJOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN TOTONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

He’s a character right out of fiction – a lowlife in Dickens, or perhaps more suitably, Damon Runyon.

A personality absolutely without color but colorful in the limited sense of doing so many bumbling, stupid things.

A buffoon who cannot frame an articulate sentence, a man whose views on almost anything are close to one hundred-percent predictable before you’ve even heard them, a man who does what he does because he’s got to do it, and yet a man who somehow is never responsible for anything, including his own bad manners and stupid acts.

He’s an odd conflation between the sheriff in High Noon and Bozo the Clown.

And he’s running our city.
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Perhaps some civic-minded group of citizens could put together enough money to construct a balloon – like the ones they use in New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – resembling His Worship.

As it bounced and tumbled along – tethered by a dozen or so lines held by attendants who were gaily costumed to resemble figures such as Chief Blair, the TTC’s Andy Byford, Giorgio (George) Mammoliti, Doug Ford – a recording would play, in a squeaky, high-pitched voice, “I didn’t do it! I’m as clean as the days are long! I’m not a crook!”

The tableau would be a deadly accurate representation of government today in Toronto.

Perhaps the organizers of Gay Pride could take up the idea if those running the Christmas Parade aren’t enthusiastic?

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