Canada’s favourite soap opera returned to the air this week with as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford left rehab and resumed his duties.
He has already done a number of one-on-one interviews with television stations to prove that he is a changed man.
In different interviews he said that the problems began before he became mayor and are not a result of the job. He also said that he hasn’t had a drink lately, which is an encouraging sign.
Aside from his well-publicized difficulties, there is little in his body of work so far to suggest that he has been an effective mayor. He talks a lot about how much he has saved the city $1 billion, numbers that are repeatedly challenged by his critics and even some of his own staff.
While it’s tough to be judged entirely on your worst moments, it’s impossible to argue that Ford has not damaged the Toronto brand with his foolish, larger-than-life antics.
Despite his recent history, Toronto voters return to the polls on Oct. 27 and Ford wants his job back.
Polling by the Toronto Star suggests that former NDP MP Olivia Chow, the widow of Jack Layton, is currently leading with Ford and John Tory both within 10 points.
Any three-way vote can be hard to call so the next three months will be an interesting time.
Regardless of how he fares in the election, let’s at least hope that Rob Ford wins the more important battle he is fighting and remains sober.
Prince Albert Daily Herald