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Council gets taste of Coach’s Corner

“Put that in your pipe you left-wing kooks,” hockey commentator Don Cherry told a shocked inaugural meeting of the city council, blasting “left-wing pinkos.”

“Put that in your pipe you left-wing kooks,” hockey commentator Don Cherry told a shocked inaugural meeting of the city council, blasting “left-wing pinkos.”

Cherry was Mayor Rob Ford’s pick as a “special guest” for the pomp-filled ceremony. He turned up in a pink-and-white silk jacket and patterned tie that was eye-popping, even for the flamboyant TV star.

The co-host of Hockey Night In Canada’s Coach’s Corner put the chain of office around Ford’s neck — something normally done by the city clerk — and then sat stoically, clapping as each of the 44 councillors received their ceremonial oaths of offices.

“I’m wearing pinko for all the pinkos out there that ride bicycles and everything, I thought I’d get it in,” Cherry said to a sharp intake of breath, then laughs and some claps.

“What’d ya expect, Ron MacLean here, to come here?” he said, referring to his buttoned-down foil on Coach’s Corner.

Ford followed Cherry’s speech with his own that congratulated each of the councillors on being elected. He said he’s going to focus on respect for tax- ­payers and good customer service, and told them: “The truth is, it feels great helping people.”

As for Cherry himself, reporters seeking comment had to fight through a long line of people seeking his autograph and photo.

“Well, what can I tell you?” he said of those criticizing his speech. “Don’t invite me. You don’t invite a pit bull. If you want a pit bull, you get a pit bull.”

 
 
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