Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Votes Against Honoring Nelson Mandela, Canadian Olympians
The crack-smoking mayor asked for a do-over after discovering his was the lone vote against a motion to name a major city street after the late South African leader.
TORONTO – Toronto mayor Rob Ford on Wednesday voted against naming a major city street after Nelson Mandela.
The embattled politician also voted against congratulating Canada's returning Olympic and Paralympic athletes after their performances at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
Even worse for Ford: his political rivals decided, at least for now, against allowing the mayor to vote again when he realized both City Hall motions passed 40-1, with his as the lone votes against.
"I voted the wrong way,” Mr. Ford told council without explaining why he opposed honoring the late South African leader and Canadian Olympians, before adding, "Can I reopen the vote in the affirmative, instead of the negative?"
Rival councilors were quick to denounce Ford for his contrarian votes on popular measures.
"Toronto's mayor was just the lone vote against naming a street to honor the late Nelson Mandela. Truly sad," councilor Josh Matlow wrote on his Twitter account.
City council voted in favor of a motion to name part of Queen Street in downtown Toronto as "Nelson Mandela Way."
"With the 20th anniversary of Mr. Mandela's election as President of South Africa on April 27, 1994, approaching, it is a fitting time for the City of Toronto to dedicate a prominent street, or part thereof, in his honor," the motion introduced by councilor James Pasternak stated.
Mandela, who died in December 2013, visited Toronto three times, in part to thank Canadians for their support against the Apartheid regime he helped remove from power in South Africa.