Rob Ford takes permanent pass on Pride Parade

Mayor says he's not changing his ways

You won't find Rob Ford shimmying down Church St, a feather boa around his neck when Toronto hosts World Pride this June.

"I'm not going to go to Pride parade", Ford said Wednesday at a mayoral candidates' forum hosted by the University of Toronto, Scarborough Students' Union. And it seems Ford's mind is made up for future Pride festivals too.

"I've never gone to a Pride parade, so I'm not going to change the ways (sic) I am", said Ford.

In the past, the mayor has said a long-standing family tradition of spending the Canada Day long weekend at the cottage has kept him away from Pride. 2014's World Pride parade falls on June 29th at the end of a colourful festival that's expected to draw some two million people to Toronto over nine days.

U of T students weren't pleased to hear Ford is taking a permanent pass on Pride.

"If you're gonna represent Toronto, you have to represent everybody", said Cailen English-Sufrin. "That includes going to Gay Pride, being able to say 'I can identify with these people', and he just doesn't." "How many people of Toronto did he (Ford) just wipe out and admit that he's not gonna care about them, because they don't align with his views", wondered Hagar Davidov.

Wannabe mayors David Soknacki, Al Gore, Robb Johannes and Rich Underhill also took part in the "get to know your candidates" session at U of T that featured student questions. All four men said they'd be joining in the fun at Pride.

"Yes, I will be there in fishnets and ass-less chaps", said Johannes. "How could I not", he continued, "that's just irresponsible to not go to Pride".

Soknacki said if he could get his hands on a SuperSoaker he'd be happy to be part of the parade. He told reporters afterward that "the mayor has to represent all Torontonians".

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  1. Dixie posted on 02/06/2014 01:26 AM
    All chaps are assless. Assed chaps are just pants.
  2. Richard R posted on 02/06/2014 06:34 AM
    If he has to represent all of Toronto, then he shouldn't attend, since most of the residents stay clear of the downtown area during this spectacle. Many of the attendees are foreigners or people from out of province. Does Ford have to represent them too?

    Btw, let's stop the rubbish a million people attend this event each year. At best, it's around 100,000 or so.
  3. cc posted on 02/06/2014 07:24 AM
    Why does this crap make Page 1 of the headlines, I can think of many other items that are more pressing than Gay Pride
  4. DW posted on 02/06/2014 10:49 AM
    Robbie doesn't attend Pride because that is his family weekend at the family compound.

    They equate themselves to being the Canadian Kennedy family.

    Maybe he will use the weekend to meet Putin. They seem to have the same ideas.
  5. G man posted on 02/06/2014 12:23 PM
    Does being mayor require that you attend every parade and festival being held by any group in the city? If so, attending events would be a full-time job on its own, forget about trying to run the city. I don't think any mayor has to attend the Pride parade, but it would be wise to attend one once. That's assuming he'd still be invited (remember he was asked to stay away from the Santa Claus parade last year).
  6. Dennis posted on 02/06/2014 06:00 PM
    Being overweight Rob Ford does not want to attend Gay Pride as he likely identifies with the victim in that movie ... You know ... the one with the dueling banjos - did a ding ding ding ding ding ding dah - Ah yes "Deliverance" that's what they call it.
  7. kenfromcanada posted on 02/06/2014 10:41 PM
    Well, the fun is over. donny the absolutely insane, has gone so far up and over, it just isn't fun anymore. Enjoy your insanity, THEY will get you.

  8. Steve posted on 02/07/2014 01:41 AM
    The Mayor has ever right if he wishes not to attend the Pride Parade.It's not his cup of tea and that's ok.You wouldn't catch me there either.I do not believe in Homo sexuality and I think it is definitely wrong.And that is my right.
    Just to be fair though if that's what people like then so be it, but just because some people don't agree with it that's ok.We all have our rights.And Mayor Ford has his rights not to attend.I once had a girlfriend a number of yrs ago who had a gay male friend.He was a refined gay man.I asked him if he was marching in the Pride Parade.His response was "absolutely no way would you catch me marching down a street with the way those idiots act."
    And that was said from a gay man himself.
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