A quote from outgoing Mayor David Miller, in the Toronto Star, this morning left me aghast.
Miller has held office for seven years.He is a solicitor. He was a student at the same private school as one of the Royal scions. He carried a witch's broom as a symbol of cleaning out corruption from City Hall at the time of his election.
He announced, after the garbage strike, he would not be a candidate in the next election and was proud of what he had accomplished.
It seemed Miller had everything going for him. Youth,style, good looks, education. his own hair.But something doesn't jibe.
Rob Ford by contrast is presented in the worst possible light by the Toronto media. Reference is made to bad-fitting suits, his weight and Oh My God, the man sweats.
Miller decided he had had enough. He had to fight back tears when he made the announcement.
He expressed regret when Adam Giambroni withdrew from the Mayor's race after being exposed as a bit of a sleaze-ball.
Now this; Miller's insinuations against the new Council while giving an exit interview.
He refers to the $80.5 million computer leasing scandal that happened on his watch. He didn't catch it. He spent additional $13 million for a public inquiry.
Despite being the man in charge, he took no responsibility for any of it.
A computer salesman openly wined and dined and bedded a leasing official within the Miller administration and he didn't find out about it until the contract was millions of dollars overspent.
What accounting could he offer the public for that oversight?
Instead he throws out insinuation,there might be a link between people at victory parties for some new Councillors.
He was careful to note he wasn't there and "if it was true".
But what was that about?
He wasn't defeated. Why is he bitter?
He has a new job lined up. Bitter doesn't fill the bill.
Crass is a word used in connection with Rob Ford, Toronto's Mayor-elect. To-day his brother was described in the Star as a "cunning business man"
Words like that are not used in connection with outgoing Mayor.
Clearly there's a disconnect with the phrase,style and grace.
What's that about.
Maybe it's time for the Toronto media to take a collective look in the mirror.
There might be old-fashioned snobbery afoot.