Rob Ford’s mysterious popularity – why Canada’s most scandalous citizen is the new Bill Clinton

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford poses for photos at a Toronto mall in 2012

Rob Ford poses for photos at a Toronto mall in 2012

ON THE FACE of it, Rob Ford is to Canadian politics what Paul Gascoigne was to soccer in the ‘90s. Heavy-set, spiky blonde hair, red-faced, an emotional addict with a dysfunctional personal life. But just like Gazza, Rob Ford is man whom some can’t help but love.

Ford’s popularity is a mystery to the world, to the rest of Canada, and to most Torontonians. And even though his infamy is reflected in one ‘90s icon, his popularity is actually explained by another.

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