Farley Hammerton, December 16th, 2013.
Toronto – the city-state at the heart Canada’s financial centre – is fast-paced, hard-working, and an ecosystem unto itself. Every once in a while, however, they turn their head towards their forgotten cousin, Hamilton. It wasn’t a tire fire that brought their eyes across the bay this time, but the news that their legally entangled mayor might be throwing his towel in Hamilton’s next mayoral race.
Sources close to Ford say that his legal battles are painting him in a corner. “He can’t go on like this. If the appeal to stay the court’s decision to depose him as mayor falls through, he might not win again. Let’s face it, he and his brother, Doug, are not going to be satisfied sitting as a normal councillor. That’s why he’s talking about Hamilton.”
Hamilton is ripe for reform, says our source. “There’s an LRT plan to cancel, revenue from vehicle registration to abolish, and a heritage committee that’s gaining traction among citizens. Developers don’t worry about painful red tape in Hamilton, and he thinks it should stay that way. He’s been following your politics quite closely. He was really impressed by the motion yesterday to turn down 800 buildings from getting heritage status. Twenty days are plenty to make a decision for a crappy old building. Some of Ford’s biggest decisions are made in less than ten seconds.”
As Ford tries to envision a future with or without Toronto, what do you, Hamilton, think of Rob Ford as a mayoral candidate for Hamilton?
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