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.