Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fact #43: City employees helped Rob Ford drive drunk

What's this all about?

On April 30th, the City of Toronto Ombudsman released a report on how Rob Ford used City Hall's security department as a private enforcement racket. When not knocking reporters down or filming taxpayers attending Council meetings, City hall employees kept themselves busy by helping their blind-drunk mayor drive home:

On more than one occasion, Security allowed the former Mayor to use an entrance to exit from the underground parking lot, in order to leave City Hall without encountering waiting media. On one of those occasions, a security guard covered a security video camera recording the mayor while he walked, reportedly intoxicated, to his car. In the second instance, the Director of Security told staff the Mayor should not be allowed to exit through an entrance ramp.

Why should I care?

We already knew that (taxpayer-funded) City employees drove Rob to his crack binges, and that Rob used his taxpayer-funded office for campaigning, but this is a new low even for him. Think of the children, think of the poor kittens, think of the Escalade's carpeting - whatever works. Any way you look at it, driving drunk is just sleazy. Helping to cover it up makes you accessory to a crime. But he saved us a billion dollars* so we're cool with it, right?

The one saving grace is that he probably got an escort home from Toronto Police....

How do I know you're not lying?

*he didn't