Mayor Rob Ford’s office now a “disaster tourism” attraction

- June 5th, 2013

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Alberta residents David Climenhaga and David Cournoyer speak to reporters during a tourist visit to Mayor Rob Ford’s office (Don Peat/Toronto Sun). 

 

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Alberta residents David Climenhaga and David Cournoyer stopped at the mayor’s office for pictures during a break in the conference they were in Toronto to attend.

Both men run political blogs back in Edmonton – Climenhaga’s is called albertadiary.ca and Cournoyer’s blog is called daveberta.ca.

“We’ve been following the story of your mayor with great interest,” Climenhaga said.

While Climenhaga said he’s not a fan of even “polite conservatives” , he admitted the visit to City Hall was a bit of “tourism” and (with a bit of prompting) even acknowledged it was a case of “disaster tourism.”

“You’re putting words in my mouth but yeah, I’d call this disaster tourism,” he said.

(Climenhaga’s full blog post on the visit can be found here. He concludes by saying: “Mr. Ford is finished, even if we haven’t quite reached the end of the story.”)

Cournoyer said visiting Ford’s office made sense while they were in town.

“We thought about going to the CN Tower but we thought the mayor’s office would probably be a more exciting visit considering everything that has been going on,” Cournoyer said.

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