Canadians are really hitting the map lately. In the past year Canada has received international attention due to Justin Trudeau’s election and, maybe a bit more negatively, Rob Ford’s tenure as mayor of Toronto.
That attention could grow now that a new book is coming out about Rob Ford, and one of the allegations made by the author is that the Toronto police looked the other way during the numerous times he made the decision to drive impaired.
According to excerpts from the book Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable, there were numerous tales of Ford’s impaired driving. The author states that no staffers were permitted in the Ford’s vehicle, and when he would drive, someone else would follow him in their own car. He also alleges that two members of the Toronto Police Department told him they pulled over the Mayor on multiple occasions and drove him home instead of charging him with impaired driving.
A police spokesperson has denied this is true, and stated that there were numerous allegations made in the book that have no basis in reality. If he was drinking and driving in Ontario, he should have been charged with penalties, fines, and be required to install an ignition interlock device that would have prevented him from getting behind the wheel while drunk.
The book details Rob Ford at the height of his fame and peak of his substance abuse issues. Ford is no longer the mayor, and now the man who appeared everywhere from local night clubs to Jimmy Kimmel Live has since been diagnosed with cancer for a second time and his focus is on fighting the disease.
The allegations could be just a rumour, and if so, the author has taken a strong stance against the Toronto Police Department. If the rumours are true, Ford is very fortunate he didn’t crash and kill anyone while he was driving impaired. On top of everything else he was known for, an alcohol-related fatality is probably not something he’d want to add to his legacy.