Yes, Our Mayor Smoked Some Crack But ...

Most people would probably agree that there are no excuses for smoking crack-cocaine but our Mayor (the Mayor of Toronto) said he smoked some crack “probably in a drunken stupor”. As if, smoking crack while in a drunken stupor is something we can all relate to and is quite excusable.

This man is in all sorts of trouble, ever since last May when the rumours of a tape where he is hanging out with some Toronto gang members, smoking crack, have surfaced in the media. Since then, one of the guys/gang members he was seen with has mysteriously fallen to his death from a balcony, the Mayor’s driver has been charged with traffic of marijuana and extortion (for trying to retrieve that crack-video on behalf of the Mayor) and to be honest, our city has more or less turned into Gotham City. Now, I am just waiting for Batman to save the day.

This could be a freak case, if Montreal (the biggest city in the province of Quebec) did not go through about four Mayors in the past year due to corruption allegations and connections to organized crime (i.e. Italian Mafia). I am starting to lose count on the changing of Mayors around here. They all seem as corrupted as their predecessors, if not worse.

To top things off, our Senate is under serious criminal investigations due to corruption and misuse of taxpayers’ money. This scandal goes all the way to the Prime Minister’s office and even his Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright has been dismissed/fired for giving a Senator a check worth ninety thousand dollars to pay-off some taxpayers’ money which that Senator is alleged to have misused.

So, in my mind it is of no surprise that our Mayor is smoking crack, or that he is an alcoholic who according to the security officers at City Hall, was reported to have been walking around at two o’clock in the morning all plastered, screaming that his car was stolen. To which the security guard had to remind him that he did not arrive there in his car ...

This is where we are at: corruption from City Hall here in Toronto, to Montreal, to the Senate in Ottawa and directly to the Prime Minister’s office. More or less, everything in Politics is rotten here. It’s like the beginning of Hamlet. Let’s see where Polonius comes in.

In all honesty, we get what we deserve. These are the people we voted in, or not voted in (for those who do not vote). Therefore, since we created these problems, we are the ones who have to come up with the solutions. In regard to the Mayor, there is not even a process through which an alcoholic, crack-smoking Mayor can be removed from office (unless he is not only convicted of a crime but also incarcerated). Perhaps we can start creating new rules, as in: one cannot smoke crack and be Mayor at the same time. That would be logical in my opinion.

For now though, we will continue to make the front pages in Germany’s Der Spigel, in Japan Today and all other newspapers in between. We will continue to feed the late-night comedian’s shows with such outrageous stories and hope that at one point, people will wake-up and vote-in honest, fair and just leaders.

Do wish us good luck (we need it)! Thank You.

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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

And here I thought all the political crooks worked in the U.S. and I use the word, 'worked,' loosely. Yes, we do deserve what we get after we vote for these losers, Mr. Happy. It is up to all voters to educate themselves about their representatives in government before voting them in.


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Drbj,

Thank You for taking the time to read this article and leave a comment.

I tend to think (from speaking with other people) that most honest, hard-working people look at politics as something vile and negative and for the most part, wish to have nothing to do with it. My father was certainly one of those people who says: "All politicians are corrupt ...".

This leaves basically the crooks and liars as the ones who get involved and become leaders, with smiles for cameras, a lot of flowery talk but no consistency. They are in it for their own benefit and that is about it. Instead of public servants, these people have become career politicians, entrenched in their positions of power for life (more or less).

There is very little transparency ... but perhaps with corruption surfacing everywhere, we can take another look at the system we have created and see if we can change it for the better.

Thanks again for the comment.

All the best!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

I thought we were having it bad in America but your mayor is taking the cake as we say here. I would suggest an intervention but the mayor probably wouldn't take it seriously. I have a feeling those in power in Canada want the status quo continued as the mayor is probably just the tip of the ice berg of corruption to be found. If he goes he's probably going to take a bunch with him. I do wish all of you good luck! He is such a fine role model for children!


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Mr. Happy, I do wish you luck, we all need it. Toronto! Isn't that where Ted Cruz was born? Or was it some other city in Canada?

Voted up, UFI, and shared.


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Suzettenaples,

thank You for stopping by and leaving a comment.

An intervention is not possible but our Mayor's lawyer said the Mayor "is considering" to go get help. "Considering", after all the nonsense ... his impertinence is amazing!

Thank You for the good luck wish though! Much appreciated it. : )

All the best!


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for the good wishes and the visit as well, Mrs. Shenko!

And no, Ted Cruz was not born here. He was born in the land of Tar Sands, or really close by anyway: Calgary, Alberta. That's like the Texas for You guys: cowboy hats, lots of oil (just dirtier than yours) and hardcore Conservatives. : )

Cheers!


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

Mr. Happy nice to see you.

We were chatting about your mayor last week. My friend immigrated from Toronto about 6 years ago. She liked that he repealed the law that kept kids from playing roller hockey in the street. I missed the rest of the conversation.

Welcome to the world as Americans know it.

My condolences. Toronto has always been so clean, safe, and beautiful.


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kallini2010 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

As someone living in the same country and in the same city,

I'll skip all talk and

agree with you on the most important point.

We all hear and say "He, he, he...."

but

where is "we, we, we..."?

Of course, "united minority against divided majority", but

if we are willing to accept, then politicians would be pushing as far as they can.

Yes, because they can. "Por que si puedo." == Because I can.

We can see our "patience" (read "apathy") in any store - if we accept lousy customer service, we deserve it.

If I try to resolve the issue (can I see the manager? Blah, blah, blah...), yes, I might spend more time and energy, but I don't feel such a victim of the circumstances.

"To be or not to be?"

"To accept or not?"

"To take initiative?"

But we usually take initiative, when the crisis comes right into our house. Literally.

I, for one, wish to see the change, but (due to certain circumstances) could barely change my own little existence.

How come, that the whole city accepts it? But then again, whole countries "accepted" dictatorships. They all started small and ended big.

Maybe "apathy" is a drug on its own. Makes you complacent.


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lmmartin 3 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Bill Maher just thanked Canada profusely because, as he says, for once not all the "stupid fat asses" are in the US. The US, he says, should be beholding to Canada for upping the ante on "stupid."

Thought you'd like to know that.

And by the way, your comment that Calgary is home to "hard-core conservatives," while there may be some, I've lived there for years and there are many, many very liberal people. It's best not to stereotype -- don't you think. At least Calgary's mayor is not smoking crack in a drunken stupor. Neener-neener-neener.

And hi. Lynda


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Tirelesstraveler,

it is true that this Mayor revoked the law that kids cannot play street hockey. He also managed to start the improvement of the subway system, which is worst than the one I left back in Bucharest, Romania in 1992. So, he has done good things but the circus he has created and the criminal investigations surrounding him are a little too much now.

Thank You for the visit! : )


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Kallini,

Por que si puedo, I will do what I can do see this Mayor retire.

"But we usually take initiative, when the crisis comes right into our house. Literally." - This is why, I would say this is a good time. Haha!

The whole city does not accept this nonsense. Many people do not even vote. If everyone would have voted this man in, I probably would not have said anything but I know that countless people did not vote for him.

Fun times.

Cheers! : )


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. Lynda!

If this is not a great surprise, I am not sure what is.

Your comment about raising the ante on "stupid" reminded me of a sticker I saw on the back of a car not long ago: "Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot." : )

And yes, I did stereotype. In all fairness though, the Conservative Party Convention just took place in Calgary - that is where their base is. I am sure there are all creeds of people in Alberta but the majority of them still seem to be quite Conservative.

Mr. Naheed is certainly a decent man and Calgarians can be proud, unlike the inhabitants of Gotham city over here. : )

Thank You very much for the visit and comment.

All the very best!


little_cracker 3 years ago

how much is toronto paying its' mayors, that they can't afford anything better than crack?


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kallini2010 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Speaking of "Idiot's Stickers" - it just occurred to me

that thanks to Mayor Ford this upcoming campaign would be very different.

Maybe before not all Torontonians even knew the name of their mayor, but I doubt there is one soul (including all local animals) who has not heard Rob Ford's name.

Maybe Ford taught us some lesson.

Indeed, cheers!


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

The really sad part is...Mayor Ford keeps on smiling and saying..."We need to move on." He is not about to resign apparently. Talk about denial of his problems ...which he doesn't think he has. What a circus!


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randslam 3 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Ford is just an idiot...sadly, the people most hurt by him are his wife and kids...he seems completely oblivious to his problems--dumb and dumber.

Certainly, legislation will be occurring in the future to create an easier manner of ridding someone from office, but it is the Mountain that rises out of the Canadian political plain...we simply aren't an overly legislated country like the US...we have much laxer laws...and fewer.

Leave it to a politician to know the loopholes and smoke his way through them without the use of mirrors...:)...Rob Ford will go the way of the dodo soon enough.

I mean anyone can see a massive coronary is probably on its way, n'est pas? Poor bastard...persecuting Torontonians and Canadians alike...well, any publicity is good publicity, right? Silly, silly mayor.


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Little_cracker, as the allegations and admissions keep coming, it's not only crack, it is alcohol, maybe some cocaine, Oxycontin ... who really knows at this point.

Thanks for the visit.

Cheers!


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Yes Kallini - I do think the next election will be a little different and it is only a year from now. We'll see what new stories will come-out by then. Today was yet another day at the Circus/ City Hall.

All the best!


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Denial must be his middle name, Scribenet. And no, he does not seem to be going anywhere, unless perhaps he is charged and convicted on one of his many illegal activities. Just today he admitted to drinking alcohol and driving.

What's next? lol

Thank You for stopping-by and leaving a comment.


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I am starting to doubt the "any publicity is good publicity", Randslam. Haha ... especially after referring to his wife as "meat" today, in front of cameras and news crews from all over the world.

This whole thing is getting better by the day. Who needs soap operas?

Cheers!


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Storytellersrus 3 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Hi Mr Happy! Did I just hear correctly that Mr Ford is no longer mayor of Toronto? I hope this is correct. I am saddened by the revelation that Canadian politics is as corrupt as US politics. The pipeline had the persuasive image of good hearted Canadians behind it. However, my husband has suffered from corrupt Vancouver Stock Exchange brokers, so I suppose all are not as wonderful as you- or my inlaws!


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Storyteller,

Our Mayor is still Mayor but he is just holding on to his statutory powers. Most of his staff left or were let go, his budget has been cut significantly and now the Deputy Mayor is more or less in charge of the city.

About time really ... we made the papers in Kuwait yesterday. If people did not know where Toronto was, they surely do now. Haha ...

Thank You very much for the visit and comment.

Cheers! : )

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