Is Doug Ford The Biggest Dumbass In Canada?

The Toronto Star reports City Councillor Doug Ford says this about Canadian literary giant Margaret Atwood, who called on her Twitter followers Tuesday to sign an online petition against closing libraries:

“Well good luck to Margaret Atwood. I don’t even know her. If she walked by me, I wouldn’t have a clue who she is,” said the councillor and advisor to his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, after a committee meeting on proposed cuts. “She’s not down here, she’s not dealing with the problem. Tell her to go run in the next election and get democratically elected. And we’d be more than happy to sit down and listen to Margaret Atwood.”

Story here. My god, what miserable bastards and reprehensible fools they must have in Toronto to vote for library-closing idiots like this.

More on Toronto voter’s self-inflicted problems here.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

12 thoughts on “Is Doug Ford The Biggest Dumbass In Canada?”

  1. The worst thing is, he comes off as if he’s proud to not know who Margaret Atwood is.
    No wait, the worst thing is that he’s trying to privatize libraries, but the pride in his own ignorance is scary/revolting too.

  2. Two of a kind, those Ford brothers. We should all be proud of arts cutting ego maniacs who flip off babies in traffic.

  3. I’ve heard that elite-hatin’ is a pendulum. When the hell is it going to swing back? Proud to not know Margaret Atwood? Ignorant fuckfaces. Pardon me.

  4. To be accurate, the “reprehensible bastards” who voted Ford in aren’t strictly Torontonians. They are primarily residents of the “Greater Toronto Area” which only came about because of amalgamation, which only came about because of Mike Harris. If it weren’t for amalgamation, Rob Ford would still be festering in Etobicoke. So, this is all Mike Harris’ fault.

    As for the Margaret Atwood remark, it’s hard to know whether or not Doug Ford said that for more cynical reasons (to appeal to the anti-intellectual boors that voted his brother in for example). Somehow though, I think the remark came from a pretty honest place; The Fords really don’t care what Margaret Atwood (or anyone else who didn’t vote for them) thinks.

    No one I know here has no idea how that walking PR nightmare got into office, because they didn’t vote for him. He campaigned on a platform on fiscal conservatism but he’s shown that he’s nothing like a fiscal conservative (show me a conservative who is these days).

    The sense I’m getting here is that people who actually live in the city are at their wits end, and it’s only been a few months. At the same time, Ford has already alienated too many people in City Hall which is going to make it hard for him to get anything done. In the meantime, there are protests planned for the coming days which will hopefully cause a bit of a media bru-ha-ha. These protests are against the broad swath of cuts that Ford is calling for – cuts to libraries, privatizing garbage pickup, closing parks, defunding programs for seniors, firing nurses, etc, etc.. Of course, the people who voted for him probably won’t care. Because those people don’t live in the city. And they’re idiots.

  5. We protest with you from afar, Vanda!
    Getting rid of Bike Lanes has got to be the silliest stupidest idea!! how much money can they save on THAT???!!!

  6. The Ford brothers want Toronto city council to spend big bucks on a PR campaign to bring an NFL team to Toronto, so the fiscal argument they make is baloney.

  7. The Ford Brothers remind me of Boss Hogg and Roscoe from the old Dukes of Hazzard TV show; as for Maggie I was forced to read the tedious Stone Angel in school I still have nightmares. They kind of balance each other out.

  8. Someone once said that there were too many Canadian writers named Margaret; Margaret Laurence wrote The Stone Angel, and she’s dead, unlike Ms. Atwood.

  9. Thank you Barb, the book was THE HANDMAIDS TALE,guess I was just blocking it from my memory.

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