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Last night I attended for the first time a debate in the current mayoral campaign. It was probably debate #324 – there are way too many of them and since everything that could be said by the candidates has been already said, the only value one could derive from these events is to observe the behaviour of the participants and their supporters.
The event took place at St. Andrew United Church in downtown Toronto. I am hesitant to define the United Church of Canada as a religious institution – it has banished Jesus Christ to its basement long time ago and now its individual church buildings resemble the neighbourhood clubs in the communist countries, where everybody was obligated to go and listen to lectures that trashed the world imperialism. The only difference is that the remaining followers of the United Church visit their “clubs” voluntarily.
St. Andrew’s is a notorious meeting place of militant environmentalists and equally militant homosexual activists (from the nearby Church Street community). In a way, that’s in the middle of Olivia Chow’s turf, which was reflected in the audience, dominated by her supporters.
I am going to post later a few movie highlights of the debate, but as I said nothing much was added. Olivia felt like a fish in water and used the opportunity to spew her slogans about compassion, social justice and more buses under the applause of her die-hard fans. She also mentioned how before the Rob Ford scandals she was working on making Toronto a trading hub for the Chinese yuan. (It remained a mystery how Toronto would benefit from getting involved in trading the manipulated currency of a totalitarian state.)
John Tory was in his usual mood – walking on eggshells to make sure that he is not too far to the left the right, so I have no recollection whether he had a position on anything. Doug Ford kept hammering his simple message about low taxes and responsible government, which didn’t resonate with the downtown crowd, which relies heavily on handouts from taxes. He was repeatedly jeered and interrupted and even blamed for his brother’s addiction (Doug handled all that very well).
This article would deal more with the behaviour of the supporters than with the debate itself. I spotted a sole protestor, who brought a large sign to bring attention to Olivia’s careless association with Muslim fanatics (like Zafar Bangash and Ausma Malik, who was in favour of introducing sharia rules at our universities and now wants to run schools as a trustee).
That was not the case with the lefties – not only did they get in, but they tried their best to disrupt and stalk Doug Ford. Two guys that you can see in the video below caught my attention. They kept blabbering inside the church about “gay rights,” so it wasn’t difficult to figure out where they were coming from. One of them wore a t-shirt with the image of Doug Ford, so initially I mistook him for his supporter.
Only later did I find out that their purpose was to keep track of how many times Doug Ford used the word “folks.” I am not sure if they were collecting material for comedy skits in-between the drag queen contests at Woody’s or other gay bars (Olivia is an expert in the field) or the activity was considered serious political action aimed at destroying Doug Ford’s political platform.
I realized that I saw them at last week’s Ford Fest, where they had a large sign – “Folks” – but I had no idea who they were (though the media surrounded them). They even tried to approach Doug Ford’s family when all of them arrived.
Regardless of the real reason, the case speaks volumes about the activists of that community. They are so shallow that they prefer to count words (which isn’t even funny) instead of engaging in a real discussion. The two guys kept listening and from time to time interrupting Doug, but what’s most important, they continued recording the words he was saying. For some strange reason, one of them kept putting post-it stickers on his shirt.
As soon as the debate ended, they sprang into action – first, by telling everybody who would listen what a horrible person Doug is. When Doug Ford finished his encounter with the hostile media, the “folks” guys jumped on him, trying to hand him some papers and verbally attacking him.
It was a pathetic display of the methods the lefty parasites use to degrade their “enemies.” The only problem is that those methods don’t bring anything positive to their cause (whatever it is). They may earn them an honourable mentioning in Now Magazine, but the main result is that outside of the downtown core they are seen as nothing more than boring dropouts from a clown school. Once the NDP was supposed to be the voice of the working people, now it relies on freaky marginal people, who have no clue about how the real world operates.
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