Posted March 22nd, 2016 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Foreword Note from NAL publisher Doug Draper – Love him or hate him, Rob Ford became towering force – as colorful as he was , colourful, shocking and controversial – in municipal politics and a household name across Canada and in many other regions of the world during his turbulent term as mayor of one of North America’s largest cities. I couldn’t phone or visit a friend in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida or Maryland without being asked within the first minute or two of our conversation – ‘So what’s up with Rob Ford?’ as if he was the wild guy next door.
Here, for the record, for NAL’s readers in this region for those who follow this site from other regions in Canada and the United States, is a brief statement from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who was one of many targets of Rob Ford’s political attacks, following news of his death from this March 22nd, 2016 at age 46)
Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement regarding the passing of Rob Ford:
“It was with deep sadness that I learned that former Toronto mayor Rob Ford has passed away.
As the son of the late Doug Ford Sr., a former MPP, Rob Ford grew up in a family with a strong tradition of political involvement and community service. And he upheld that tradition throughout his life. In 2000, at the age of just 31, Rob Ford became a Toronto city councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North. He served three terms in that role before being elected as mayor of Canada’s largest city in 2010.
Grave health issues forced Rob Ford to withdraw from Toronto’s 2014 mayoral election campaign. But he demonstrated his fierce determination to continue in public service by campaigning successfully to win back his former position as Ward 2 councillor. Rob Ford earned widespread respect for his unwavering persistence in the face of serious health concerns — which he summed up in a statement released from his hospital bed during the 2014 campaign: ‘Be strong, stay positive and never, ever give up.’
On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I want to express my condolences to Rob Ford’s friends, family and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
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