Is Mayor Rob Ford Toronto’s next tourist attraction?
The Globe’s makes an intriguing (albeit satirical) suggestion: exploit Mayor Rob Ford’s sometimes-embarrassing antics as a tourist draw.
As Southey puts it:
We’re stuck with this mayor for over two years more. But it needn’t be all bad. I hereby invite the rest of Canada, and indeed the world, to visit Toronto, the City with the World’s Most Embarrassing Mayor! Forgo your drive to the Reversing Falls: Imagine the children’s wonder at the Reversing Council, a place where the mayor has lost so much support that nothing ever stays decided! I love your Giant Nickel, Sudbury, Ont. But come and see Toronto’s Actual-Sized Nickel – it represents how much the mayor wants to spend on daycare spaces! Imagine the thrill of, for a small fee, having your own expert commission overridden by the mayor’s brother’s plan for a giant Ferris wheel! Stay a week and have our mayor insult you in newspapers and on local radio! Or attend the Official Weighing of the Mayor – an actual event wherein, in the hopes of getting a rare, short statement from their highest elected municipal official, qualified journalists stand around and watch him perform one aspect of his personal toilette.
Who’s to say Ford wouldn’t be supportive? When has he ever flatly refused an easy way to generate revenue at no cost to the city?
We’d obviously need to work on developing a few more Ford-related tourist attractions, but that shouldn’t be too hard to do. I can already imagine the sightseeing tour.
Tour guide: “We’re now passing the plot of public land adjacent to the mayor’s home where he allegedly almost punched a Toronto Star reporter. Please keep all your limbs inside the bus. He charges at random.”
(Everyone presses their noses to the windows, hoping to catch a glimpse of the mayor on the prowl.)