Rob Ford The late great mayor of Toronto.

“Rob Ford is a fighter,” Smitherman said. “This is just an opportunity to show the world that he’s a world champion. He’ll be back.”

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Ford Nation is holding down the campaign fort while Rob Ford is likely going to spend his 45th birthday in rehab in an undisclosed location.

Around two dozen volunteers and three candidates running for council gathered on Saturday at the Warden-Lawrence Aves. office to show they still believe in Ford.

And they’re eagerly awaiting his return.

“Mr. Ford will come back and the left, too bad, you’re not going to win this one,” former Toronto councillor John Papadakis said confidently as cheers erupted around him.

Ford took a leave of absence from City Hall Thursday to enter rehab for treatment of his substance abuse problem.

Papadakis, who is running for a seat on council in Ward 29-Toronto-Danforth, is not the only candidate who has thrown his full support behind the controversial mayor.

Arthur Smitherman — brother to past mayoral candidate George Smitherman — is running for council again in Ward 8-York West and told reporters Saturday that Ford’s personal life is a “side issue.”

“Rob Ford is a fighter,” Smitherman said. “This is just an opportunity to show the world that he’s a world champion. He’ll be back.”

Both he and Papadakis said they and other candidates will continue pushing Ford’s message in his absence.

“The left is not going to get what it wants,” Papadakis said.

Paul Bell — candidate for council in Ward 33-Don Valley East — pointed out many volunteers present Saturday have had their calls returned and concerns addressed by the mayor in the past.

“His personal life has become something that he’s determined to address,” Bell said. “How we treat him (when he returns) is a reflection on us.”

Volunteer Brian Beaton said Ford is “no better than anyone else.”

“He’s a human being who has faults,” Beaton said. “He has now admitted to his faults and he is taking drastic steps to correct it.”

 

 

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  1. From what I read he was a great guy and the Canadian liberal media did everything they could to try to trash him .

    Great politicians that stand up for their people are extremely hard to find these days.

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