Ford Fights to Take down Rainbow Flag from Toronto’s City Hall

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.

Soon after the incident, Councillor Anthony Perruzza, a member of the mayor’s executive, visited Mr. Ford’s office to consult him on the matter and later emerged to say that Mr. Ford had agreed that the rainbow flag and Canadian flag could both be up at City Hall. Even though the mayor’s office did not formally confirm that he had had withdrawn his request to take down the rainbow flag, Mr. Perruzza alleged that “my suggestion was that I believe we can fly both flags. We can fly the Canadian flag as well as the rainbow flag. The mayor agrees with that.”

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