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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford heads for the elevator after a long day at City Hall on Nov. 18, 2013, where a special council meeting stripped him of much of his power and budget.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford heads for the elevator after a long day at City Hall on Nov. 18, 2013, where a special council meeting stripped him of much of his power and budget.
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Rob Ford rages against the fading of his political light

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Democracy can be a messy, noisy, vulgar, even violent business. Democratic politics often gives us rogues, mountebanks, demagogues and radicals, from Huey Long to Louis Riel. But it is fair to say that in the recent history of Canada, we have never seen anything like Robert Bruce Ford, the 64th mayor of Toronto.