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Ford vexes supporter Cherry, veterans

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TORONTO -- Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford couldn't escape the disenchantment of outspoken supporter Don Cherry as well as war veterans Monday.

Ford's crack-smoking admission had Cherry saying he is "disappointed."

When Ford came to power, the colourful hockey commentator proclaimed he would be "the greatest mayor this city has ever seen."

"Put that in your pipe, you left-wing kooks," Cherry said at Ford's official swearing-in ceremony at city hall in 2010. Calling Ford's opponents "left-wing pinkos," Cherry said the mayor was "honest" and "truthful."

"What you see is what you get. He's no phoney."

Cherry's take on the mayor had notably changed Monday. "Yes, I am disappointed," he said in a radio interview on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. "If you could just cut out all the rest of the stuff, as the mayor he's done a great job and everybody thinks that."

Meanwhile at a Remembrance Day ceremony, a veteran refused to shake his hand. Ford gave a short speech honouring the military and there was a quiet smattering of boos and cries of "shame" in the crowd as he walked up to the podium, though there was also light applause.

After he laid a wreath at the foot of the cenotaph at Toronto's Old City, the mayor walked past a row of veterans and at least one refused a handshake.

Tony Smith, who was stationed in Germany after the Second World War, said after the ceremony that Ford should not have been there, given his admission last week that he had smoked crack cocaine.

"I didn't shake his hand because he's a drug addict, a druggie," Smith said. "He's No. 1 man in the city and he's smoking up and boozing it up. I don't mind people having a drink. I certainly don't agree with drugs."

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 12, 2013 A14

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