Don Cherry's tirade against “left-wing pinkos” at the swearing-in of Toronto's new mayor continued to make waves yesterday within city council and beyond.

Councillors staged a light-hearted protest that saw many wearing pink scarves, suits and accessories as they took part in the inaugural council meeting under newly elected Mayor Rob Ford.

Some worry Cherry's speech at Tuesday's investiture — in which he blasted “pinkos,” cyclists and the “left-wing” media — will damage Toronto's reputation as an inclusive and cosmopolitan city.

Nelson Wiseman, an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto, said Cherry's “purposely provocative, purposely insulting” address debases the mayoralty and makes Torontonians “look like hicks.”

Most who commented online blasted Cherry for what they called a divisive rant. Others stood up for him, saying he speaks Canadians ignored by the left. the canadian press/with files from