Canada does not have the reputation that the US has for breeding crazy politicians. So it came as something of a surprise that the people of Toronto, the largest city in that country, elected as their mayor in 2010 Rob Ford who seems to be almost a caricature of a scandal-plagued politician, embroiled in one embarrassing episode after another, sometimes involving alcohol and drugs, at other times racial and sexual insensitivity. Here is an article chronicling his past weird behavior.
But the latest episode tops them all. It concerns a video that was shown to some reporters that purportedly show him smoking crack cocaine with drug dealers. The owners of the video are asking $200,000 for it and the website Gawker is crowd-funding it and has so far raised nearly $160,000, though there may also be some legal hurdles to be overcome. Ford initially denied everything but has since refused to comment. In addition, he has fired his chief of staff and had him escorted out of city hall by security guards, allegedly for advising the mayor to “go away and get help”.
The Daily Show shares my bewilderment at this seemingly anomalous Canadian public figure.
(These clips appeared on May 21, 2013. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)