James Andre resigns as trustee but Rob Ford is still the Mayor of Toronto

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James Andre submitted his resignation as a trustee for the Battle River School Division following controversy over racist and homophobic jokes he re-tweeted on Twitter. The offensive retweets on his now defunct twitter account were in such bad taste that there were significant questions raised about whether he was competent to serve as an elected official in Alberta.

The east central rural region that Mr. Andre briefly represented as a trustee is an unquestionably conservative area of the province in terms of voting patterns both federally and provincially. But the reaction to his behaviour demonstrates that even in stereotypical “redneck Alberta,” it is unacceptable for public officials to promote these types of racist and homophobic “jokes.” And for those who think that this type of behaviour only exists in the Alberta’s deep rural regions, think again.

In the sprawling metropolis of Toronto, Rob Ford remains firmly planted in his job after six months of controversy surrounding the existence of a video that allegedly shows the mayor smoking crack cocaine and making racist and homophobic remarks. This month, Toronto’s police chief confirmed the existence of a video that was “consistent” with media reports, which led Mr. Ford to admit to smoking crack cocaine in a drunken stupor about a year ago.

Mr. Ford still enjoys the support of 44% of Torontonians, according to a recent poll by Forum Research.

6 thoughts on “James Andre resigns as trustee but Rob Ford is still the Mayor of Toronto”

  1. Who would ever think that Andres could serve to be a good example for other politicians? So many come to mind………….

  2. What shall we do with a drunken mayor,
    What shall we do with a drunken mayor,
    What shall we do with a drunken mayor,
    Early in the morning?

    Put/chuck him in the long boat till he’s sober.
    Put him in the long-boat and make him bail her.
    Put him in the scuppers with a hose-pipe on him.
    Pull out the plug and wet him all over.
    Tie him to the taffrail when she’s yardarm under
    Heave him by the leg in a runnin’ bowline.
    Scrape the hair off his chest with a hoop-iron razor.
    Give ‘im a dose of salt and water.
    Stick on his back a mustard plaster.
    Keep him there and make ‘im bail ‘er.
    Give ‘im a taste of the bosun’s rope-end.
    Soak him in oil till he sprouts a flipper.
    Shave his chin with a rusty razor.
    Shave his belly with a rusty razor.
    Give ‘im a hair of the dog that bit him.
    Put him in the bilge and make him drink it.
    Put him in bed with Captain Harper.
    Early in the morning.

    Thanks Wikipedia

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