Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is running for re-election, and it’s the fight of his life.
Ford, 44, is a populist who has successfully branded himself as a man of the people. Over the past year though he has been plagued by scandals involving drugs, public drunkenness, lewd comments and a Jamaican accent (Google it).
The mayor has been stripped of most of his powers by the city council shortly after admitting that he purchased illegal drugs in the last two years.
Needless to say, Fusion has been trying to talk to him for months…but it didn’t go well. So we decided to travel to Canada’s largest city to find the big man.
By and large, residents of the city’s downtown core don’t like the mayor. When asked by Fusion what they think of him, nearly every respondent told us that he was not good for their city. Turns out, the world’s favorite jester has a different reputation in his hometown; Ford is a polarizing figure that has split Toronto in two, with dissenters on one side and ‘Ford Nation’ on the other.
But can Rob Ford overcome the damage his personal matters have done and actually win re-election? It could happen.
Credit: Daniel Clark