Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gave an extremely bitter reaction on Friday when the rainbow flag was raised at City Hall as a gesture to support the gay community during the Olympics. While leaving his office in pursuit to inspect the Canadian flag that he just put up in his office window, Mr. Ford told reporters that “It’s not about someone’s sexual preference.” He straightforwardly stated that “no, I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up.”
When he returned to his office after lunch time, during which he also had a look at his office window, Mr. Ford responded to different queries from reporters who had gathered outside to his office. He stated that “this is the Olympics. This is about being patriotic to your country. This is not about sexual preference.” Mr. Ford admitted that he had asked the city manager to take the flag down.