2003 April 24 Thursday
Toronto Mayor: Who Are You? Who Who Who Who?

The Mayor of Toronto Canada, determined to make a fool of himself and to act as unprofessional as possible, says he's never heard of the World Health Organization.

TORONTO (CP) - Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman lashed out Thursday at the World Health Organization, telling CNN: "They don't know what they're talking about. I don't know who this group is, I never heard of them before. I'd never seen them before."

He's the Lastman to hear of the WHO. I mean, I keep hearing The Who singing.

Loserman is upset because the WHO has advised people to avoid going to Toronto due to the risk of SARS. Well, until recently I'd never heard of the Last Man before the last day or so. Yet I've heard about the World Health Organization for decades and of course the WHO has been mentioned daily in most major newspapers since the SARS crisis broke.

The WHO's decision was heavily influenced by an incident where SARS was spread to another country (probably the Philippines) by someone who got SARS in Canada and then travelled. When a country starts becoming a source of SARS infections for other countries this understandably makes the WHO worried. While the US CDC does not agree on the WHO's advisory for travel to Canada the WHO position is not unreasonable.

When a politician has his first big exposure in the international media spotlight he really ought to strike a more reasoned tone. Instead this guy has made people the world over wonder about the competence of the Toronto government to deal with the SARS crisis.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 April 24 10:12 PM  Politics Anglosphere

Bob said at April 24, 2003 11:07 PM:

Who thinks Mayor Mel made T.O. look good on the international stage? Noooooobody!

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