Mr. Speaker, like my friend, I rise in the House today to offer deepest condolences on behalf of the House to the Ford family on the passing of Toronto city councillor and former mayor Rob Ford.
Today the Ford family lost a father, a husband, a brother and a son to cancer, and the city lost a passionate servant.
Years ago, I met Doug Ford Senior when he worked alongside my father as a member of provincial Parliament at Queen’s Park. Like many sons and daughters who inherit their parents’ passion for public service, like you did, Mr. Speaker, Rob Ford continued his father’s dedication to Etobicoke and the city of Toronto by serving the public, first as a city councillor and ultimately as the mayor of Toronto.
While his term as mayor was often a difficult time, nobody could dispute Rob Ford’s passion for the city and what he thought was best for it. He was legendary for phoning people personally on issues and for visiting people to see their challenges first hand.
Today the Ford family lost one of their own and the city of Toronto lost a passionate booster. He will be dearly missed.