Many in Toronto thought a mayor was supposed to support the city, support diversity, support a large section of the population, support business in the city, however they have been proved wrong. Mayor Rob Ford has told everyone, he wants nothing to do with Pride or the gay community
Many believe that Mayor Ford should, despite his own personal or religious views, despite his unease around gay people, despite his natural or cultivated antipathy towards such Torontonians, he had to do the mayor thing, grin and offer the greetings on behalf of the people of Toronto, especially as it’s a festival that brings many overseas visitors to the city.
Mayor Ford announced yesterday that he will not attend the Pride Parade, a week Sunday; neither will he grace the other Pride Week events with his presence, that he wants nothing to do with the gay community, Instead he will be with his family at the cottage.
Ford was elected last October to serve Toronto’s more than 2.5 million people — all of them — with their rainbow of issues, outlooks, religions, race, orientation, politics, philosophies and ethnicity. Turning his back on a large section of that community is not only bad for Toronto, but also bad for Canada as a whole. The message it sends out to the world is a negative one!