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article imageOp-Ed: Toronto and Washington share unique commonality

By Larry Clifton     Oct 31, 2013 in Politics
Toronto - The provincial capital of Ontario has many things in common with Washington D.C. For example, both are capitals, Washington of the U.S. and Toronto of provincial Ontario – not to be confused with Ottawa, the capital of Canada.
Both Metropolitan areas have populations of more than 6 million people, and while Toronto is the financial center of Canada, Washington D.C. is governmental center of the U.S. Both cities are home to diverse populations.
Another likeness that has come to light in recent news accounts is more unique to the sister cities. What other densely populated North American capitals have video of their mayors allegedly smoking crack cocaine?
Who could forget Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. who became an instant celebrity in January 1990 after he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and arrested by FBI officials on drug charges.
Fast forward to, like, today, and read the Toronto Sun’s headline story. The similarity in style of governance between Barry and Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford are truly surreal, mostly distinguishable by a passage of time. The blatant denials of video-taped evidence, the defensive psycho-babble and finally the yelling at crazed media following them from home and to work each day. It’s enough to make one pity their politically besieged souls.
On the other hand Rob Ford supporters might want to take heart. The arrest and subsequent trial of Barry did get him six months in a federal prison; however, he was re-elected to the D.C. city council in 1992 and ultimately he was returned to the mayoralty by DC voters in 1994, serving from 1995 to 1999.
Today, as the existence of video allegedly showing Rob Ford smoking crack is confirmed by police, 77-year-old Marion Barry is serving as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, representing Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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