Flashback: Rob Ford versus Gloria Lindsay Luby
Etobicoke councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby's break with Mayor Rob Ford this week called to mind their tumultuous history. The Star published the following story six years ago.
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July 7, 2005
Councillors square off in a verbal slugfest
By Paul Moloney and John Spears
Captions: Rob Ford: Says Gloria Lindsay Luby accused his family of stealing something off her front porch. Gloria Lindsay Luby: Admits she called Rob Ford a "jerk," but only after he called her "a waste of skin."
Text: One councillor called another a "waste of skin." The other called the first councillor a "jerk." The mayor said the antics demean the work of city politicians.
It was another day in the sandbox at Toronto City Council, as Councillor Rob Ford and Gloria Lindsay Luby went toe to toe.
The two Etobicoke councillors got into a verbal brawl over a complaint about a pothole.
Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) said Lindsay Luby (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre) had insulted his brother in an email, accusing Doug Ford of making the complaint. Lindsay Luby denied insulting his brother.
As Councillor Joe Pantalone, chairing the meeting, tried in vain to impose order, Ford started yelling at Lindsay Luby, who had left her seat and was standing at the edge of the chamber.
Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) rose to say that Ford had called Lindsay Luby a "waste of skin," "a joke," "a waste of time" and a "low-life."
Ford yelled that Lindsay Luby had accused his family of being thieves: "That's slander."
Pantalone said he hadn't heard Ford's comments, prompting objections from Mammoliti, who wanted Pantalone to ask the city's integrity commissioner to review the remarks.
As councillors continued to shout at Pantalone, Councillor Gay Cowbourne (Ward 44, Scarborough East) rose to apologize to anyone watching for the "absolutely appalling" behaviour of her colleagues.
But the battle wasn't finished.
Later, the media scrummed an unrepentant Ford, with Lindsay Luby looking on.
Ford demanded an apology from Lindsay Luby for derogatory comments he said she made about his family. "She accused us of stealing something three years ago off her front porch, which we never did," Ford said. "She called my family a jerk, called me a jerk, told me to shut up. I'm just not going to sit there and take it. I'm going to stick up for my family. We're not thieves. We're not jerks.
"I've had enough family problems. I'm not going to tolerate anybody, media included, that are going to attack my family. I just want an apology."
Lindsay Luby, who had been shaking her head at Ford's comments, initially refused. "There is nothing to be sorry about. I've never in my life got into things like this until this gentleman has joined our council."
Lindsay Luby admitted she had called Ford a jerk, but only after Ford called her names.
"That's not true," Ford retorted. "You called me a jerk first and told me to shut up."
Lindsay Luby laughed off the accusation and said, "You know, it's interesting, because other people around him have said that he called me a waste of skin. We don't need this kind of shenanigans going on."
Mayor David Miller wasn't in the council chamber during the arguments, but said later he was embarrassed by the antics.
"I think public service is something that's a privilege that you must honour with your conduct," he said.