At this point we are all familiar with the story of embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and on radio this morning, Brian Lilley of Canada’s Sun News joined the program to discuss the larger implications of Ford’s behavior in relation in governing and politics.
Everyone likes to make fun of Glenn for his “how’s your soul” inquiry, but in the case of Ford, the people of Toronto may have benefitted from knowing the answer to that particular questions.
“How's your soul, right. That's the key,” Brian said. “Rob Ford is a lost soul right now because he came out and said he doesn't have a drinking problem. He's not an addict. He's not an alcoholic… He's out of control enough that if you haven't heard his original admission – that he smoked crack – it was, ‘Yes, I have. I think I did it about a year ago in one of my drunken stupors.’ He had a lot of drunken stupors and didn't know which one he'd smoked the crack in.”
“I got news for you, man. The whole idea of a problem with alcohol or drugs is: Is it interfering with your day-to-day life,” Glenn explained. “He's got an issue. He's completely out of control.”
While Ford’s actions certainly provide the basis for a resignation, Stu questioned the Toronto City Council’s decision to essentially strip the mayor of all his duties.
“Isn't it a certain precedent, despite what the mayor has done, that the city council can just come in and vote away all of his powers because they don't like him,” Stu asked. “That does not seem like that is within a normal system.”
“It doesn't seem to be within their powers. And we've got other politicians up here that are accused of actually milking a billion dollars from the taxpayer… [And] they are not getting the same kind of treatment,” Brian explained. “It's all upside down. Rob Ford's personal life is a mess. That's what's caused him this problem. He needs to get his personal life right because he’s actually doing a good job.”
“Brian, thank you so much and our best to everybody at Sun News. You are up against it, and you're doing a great job,” Glenn concluded. “You're a remarkable guy. And we're proud to be your friend and friends of Sun News up in Canada. Thank you so much, Brian.”
Watch the entire interview below: