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AVAILABLE EXPERT - Legacy of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Queen's University history professor Christo Aivalis is available to comment on the legacy of former Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford. Mr. Ford, the incumbent councillor for Ward 2, passed away today at age 46, after being diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma in 2014.

"Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's untimely death at the age of 46 comes as a great loss to all who loved him," says Dr. Aivalis. "Beyond his personal life, Ford had, and will continue to have, a deep impact on Canadian politics. His bravado, his candidness, and his ability to talk to voters across class spectrum made him a formidable politician.

"In a world where Donald Trump is leading the Republican presidential primary, we can learn much from how Rob Ford sold his policies and, most importantly, his image to the electoral masses."

Dr. Aivalis is an adjunct professor of Canadian Political and Labour History in the Queen's University Department of History. 

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