Now, I don’t know if Rob Ford has cancer. But, based on the stories that are emerging, based upon what political people are hearing, few will be surprised if the Mayor’s doctors reveal – later today – that his tumours are cancerous.
So, if you are in the middle of an election campaign, how do you handle that kind of news? Here’s how Doug Ford says Olivia Chow handled it:
“We appreciate it so much,” he said, adding the mayor is aware many people are praying for him.
One of the biggest supporters behind the scenes, said Doug, is mayoral candidate Olivia Chow, who has been “amazing.” Mayor Ford, said Doug, thinks highly of her.
“She has been so kind,” said Doug. “She is a great lady.”
Chow told me that she and her late husband, Jack Layton, always had great affection for the mayor — perhaps not in political philosophy but in approach and personality.
“I will never forget when Jack died, Rob cried like a baby. He was really hurting about it,” Chow said. “I also appreciated all of his work behind the scenes on the memorial for Jack. Rob told me at that time, anything we needed, he would do.”
She said he came through on it.
Chow said she is hopeful the mayor can make it through this rough patch and get well.”
John Tory, meanwhile, has taken a different approach. He has decided to attack someone who is in a hospital bed, and who he knows – he knows! – is facing a serious cancer diagnosis. As he did with Jean Chretien’s disability, Tory hasn’t hesitated to attack someone when they’re down.
Knowing John Tory a little bit, I know that he isn’t the nice guy he professes to be. He is, instead, an old-fashioned politician who is prepared to go low – really low – to win. He is prepared to attack a man who, by some accounts, is fighting cancer.
Anyone who has read this web site, over the past 14 years or so, knows my cardinal rules:
- Don’t attack an opponent’s family.
- Don’t attack the way an opponent looks.
- Don’t attack an opponent’s personal life.
- Don’t attack someone who is sick or disabled.
John Tory has – more than once – attacked an opponent who is sick or disabled. For that, alone, he does not deserve your vote.
Oh, and this: I fully expect Doug Ford to remind fair-minded folks, over and over, about what John Tory has done.
John Tory may not like the results.