Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has succumbed to cancer at the age of 46.
Elected mayor of Canada’s largest city in 2010, you were either part of Ford Nation or you were not. Ford was rough around the edges and his conservative politics made him a target of liberal elites, but at the same time he remembered people’s names, personally returned phone calls of his constituents and more often than not got things done. This resulted in a great deal of goodwill.
Unfortunately for Ford he would become an international figure of ridicule in 2013 when a cell phone video showed him smoking crack cocaine. At first, he denied it, but once the video was revealed his public behavior disintegrated and Toronto City Council stripped him of many of his powers.
Nevertheless, it appeared Ford would be re-elected in 2014 when he was diagnosed with cancer that fall. The diagnosis forced Ford to withdraw from the race and opted instead to run for his old seat on Toronto City Council in the city’s west end neighborhood of Etobicoke which he won easily (having served there for a decade before running for mayor). Ford’s older brother Doug ran for mayor in his stead, but was defeated by former Ontario Conservative Party leader John Tory.
The video above shows Ezra Levant’s take on Ford’s passing.