Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rob Ford Apology Redux

I'm looking forward to Mayor Holyday. Scratch that - I'm hoping for Mayor Holyday. Apology text lifted from If you want me to have lifted it from the Post or the Sun, then just go ahead and do so.

Good afternoon everyone. 

Not worth disputing. There's no way to tell if he sincerely hoped everyone listening was having a good afternoon or not, and the turn of phrase is well-established enough that it contains no hidden meaning. And if I was about to try and slide out of some unpleasantness, I'd do my best to wish glad tidings upon all those present.

I was elected two years ago by the people of Toronto to do a job. We have accomplished a lot in the past two years. 

The 'we' is unspecified, let's assume he's referring to his supporters on council and give it to him.

But, that job isn't finished yet. 

According to the judge, at least Ford's part in that job is finished in two weeks or so. Of course, everyone has the right to an appeal, bringing us to...

I respect the Court's decision that was released yesterday. My decision to appeal is not a criticism of the Court. But, I feel it is important to work through the appeal system so I can continue to do the work I was elected to do.

Let's be fair; he accused left wing forces in toto of wanting him out of office (and presumably getting him in court in the first place), but that doesn't mean he doesn't respect the Court's decision. In fact, saying he disrespected it at this point would pretty much be suicide and no lawyer in their right mind would allow him to say it while remaining his lawyer. "So I can continue to do the work I was elected to do" could be disputed by a few former members of Ford Nation who elected the tax cutter, not the football coach, but we can hope that he's got a solid mandate that he's shared once or twice with the rest of the world.

This entire matter began because I love to help kids play football.

Here, I start to lose consciousness. One could say that the entire matter began when Ford ignored

When this came to Council for the vote in question, I felt it was important to answer the accusations that had been made against me. I was focused on raising money to help underprivileged youth. I never believed there was a conflict of interest because I had nothing to gain. And, the City had nothing to lose.
But, I respect the court's decision. Looking back, maybe I could have expressed myself in a different way.
To everyone who believes I should have done this differently – I sincerely apologize.
The people elected me to bring respect for taxpayers back to City Hall, and I will keep working to do exactly that for as long as I can – or, until the people elect someone else to do the job.
Thank you. Unfortunately, that is all I can say at this time.


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