editorial: Big news for Toronto, Mayor Rob Ford meets ‘The Campaign’ stars
KJ Mullins-Toronto: The big Toronto City Hall news on Twitter today wasn’t about crime or fixing the city, no it was two celebs were coming to town and Mayor Rob Ford was going to greet them. The news traveled fast as lightening around the Social Media network all morning, showing those who followed what is really important in the city.
That’s right, our Mayor Rob Ford took time off from his busy day to meet with the stars of ‘The Campaign’. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis were in town to promote their new comedy about dim-witted politicians, appearing late this afternoon at The Hockey Hall of Fame.
According to canoe.ca the two stars walked away from the photo op with Mayor Ford with some special swag. Not only did they pick up tiny Stanley Cups but they each have their own Rob Ford for Mayor memorabilia. It may be a race for the two to put those fridge magnets up when they get back home.
Just think a year ago Mayor Ford was pulling an all-nighter down at City Hall during the deputation marathon. That 22 hour session at City Hall was taxing with citizens fighting for their city services not to go under the axe when the budget was approved. Hour after hour residents spoke during their allotted three minutes to City Council about what they loved about their city and what could be taken away after a core services review by KPMG.
What a difference a year makes with the Mayor telling the Twitterverse “Talking up #Toronto with Will Ferrell. The actor is in town promoting his new film at the #HHOF: https://pic.twitter.com/eK3P1Lfk #TOpoli” earlier tonight. He also is said to have warned the stars which newspapers not to chat with according to Toronto Star Photo. (That would be no talking to The Toronto Star, if you weren’t aware of the Mayor’s ongoing feud with the newspaper)
It’s touching that Mayor Ford had time for the celebrities. He isn’t often able to attend many big events in the city. Those little tourist bits at things like the Pride Parade, the Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the monthly Homeless Memorial have all not been on his schedule. It’s hard to be everywhere after all.
The Campaign opens on August 10. The comic duo are on a 11-city tour.