Ontario mayors unite: Rob Ford holds Hazel McCallion as she reels in big fish

Matthew Coutts
Daily Brew

It took the mayors of two of Ontario's largest city to get the job done, but that salmon never stood a chance.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, still scrappy at 92 years young, found herself in the midst of a massive struggle on Thursday while participating in the Great Ontario Salmon Derby.

She managed to reel in a 16-pound salmon, and stay on board the boat, thanks to the protective arms of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

"I got her, I got her don't worry," Ford tells a crowd gathered nearby, in a video later posted to his official Twitter account.

“Thank you Rob,” McCallion says once the fight is over.

I didn't appear Ford was expecting to be called into action during his naval sojourn, still wearing a suit and standing nearby without a rod in hand.

He appears positively uncomfortable while trying to determine to proper way of holding a small, frail nonagenarian as a massive fish tries to pull her overboard.

But to Ford's eternal credit, he got the job done. Because that's what regular folk do. They help reel in the big fish.

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