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article imagePoliticians celebrate Scotiabank Caribbean Festival Grand Parade Special

By KJ Mullins     Aug 2, 2014 in Politics
Toronto - Local and provincial politicians were on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the 46th annual Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade this morning.
One no show though was Toronto Mayor Rob Ford who turned up later on the parade route.
For the second year in a row Toronto Mayor Rob Ford bypassed the ribbon cutting ceremony that started this year's Grand Parade at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival. Last year he the City Councillor Doug Ford and the Mayor appeared over an hour late. Doug Ford said at the time that his brother did not get directions on where to go even though all of those in City Council was sent an invite with those very directions. This year Mayor Ford entered the parade further into the route although three members of Ford Nation had gathered at the official area for the ribbon cutting.
Mayor Rob Ford
Mayor Rob Ford
Three Mayoral candidates did show up for the ribbon cutting however; Olivia Chow, John Tory and Karen Stintz.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver
Finance Minister Joe Oliver
Finance Minister Joe Oliver also was on hand giving a speech about how the festival brings in millions to Ontario each year.
Olivia Chow and Karen Stintz
Olivia Chow and Karen Stintz
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also spoke at the ceremony dancing up to the podium.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
City Councillor Joe Mihevc, a longtime supporter of the Carnival spoke representing the City of Toronto. He was joined by fellow councillors Stintz and Ceta Ramkhalawansingh.
City Councillor Joe Mihevc
City Councillor Joe Mihevc
Other notables at the ribbon cutting were Deputy Chief of Police Peter Sloly, Christine Williams, Scotiabank Vice-President, Toronto East District, festival CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson and CAO Chris Alexander who delivered the opening prayer.
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