Earlier tonight we attended a fundraiser for Doug and Rob Ford, organized in a banquet hall in Vaughan. Its purpose was to raise money in order to retire the debt from last year’s municipal campaign. The hall was full and among the guests were several politicians – I saw the federal Minister of Labour Dr. Kellie Leitch, former Premier Mike Harris, the leader of the provincial conservatives Patrick Brown, Councillor Frances Nunziata and a few others.
Rob Ford looked in good health and high spirits (though not dressed formally). He definitely has lost quite a bit of weight. In a short speech he shared his recent experiences at the hospital and said that the prognosis is very good – the doctors told him that he could return to City Hall in September, but he said he will try to get back to work much earlier. He also shared his plans for the future:
In his speech former Premier Mike Harris condemned the Liberal policies – in the last ten years Ontario has turned from a prosperous industrial province into a have-not place. The government sector has increased its size significantly, while the private sector has declined. Even though they say that those are still jobs, every government job relies on taxes that have to be collected and redistributed. You can see the rest of his speech in the video:
Patrick Brown agreed with the assessment of Mike Harris and said that his goal would be to bring Ontario back to the economic basics – he is going to do everything in his power to improve transportation and communications, reduce the price of electricity and eliminate red tape. Those are basic requirements to ensure the best conditions for developing private businesses in Ontario.
Here are a few pictures from the event:
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