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Mayor Ford will remain in office despite crack cocaine admission

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Nov 5th, 2013

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he’ll stay in office despite the stunning admission that he used crack cocaine about a year ago.

“I was elected to do a job and that’s exactly what I’m going to continue to do,” he said during an emotional news conference at city hall on Tuesday afternoon.

Ford said he embarrassed everyone in the city, will forever be sorry and has only himself to blame for the mess but he’s staying put.

Furthermore, he said during the municipal election next October, “I want the people of this great city to decide whether they want Rob Ford to be their mayor.” (Click here to read his full statement.)

Ford made the shocking crack admission earlier in the day.

“Yes I have smoked crack cocaine,” Ford told stunned reporters at city hall.

Ford added that he doesn’t currently smoke crack and he’s not an addict, but has experimented with the drug.

“Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago” Ford said. “Yes, I’ve made mistakes. All I can do now is apologize and move on…it was a couple isolated incidents.”

It’s not yet clear what prompted the mayor to make the admission after months of denial but a report says his staff was caught completely by surprise by the admission.

Ford’s attorney Dennis Morris said the mayor felt “tremendous frustration” with the ongoing saga, and said he came forward because “he wants to move on.”

Ford went into a closed-door meeting with deputy mayor Norm Kelly immediately after making the admission and Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong penned a motion asking him to take a leave of absence to “address his personal issues.” It will be tabled at a Nov. 13 council meeting.

The motion, backed by Coun. Peter Milczyn, also asks that Ford apologize for misleading the city. Both Minnan-Wong and Milczyn are members of the mayor’s executive committee.

Coun. Joe Mihevc said, “You can’t invent this stuff. It’s beyond bizarre,” while Coun. Jaye Robinson said the mayor “doesn’t have a shred of credibility.”

Before Ford admitted to smoking crack Tuesday, councillors John Filion and Paul Ainslie said they would table a motion taking away Ford’s power to remove the deputy mayor and councillors from committee.

We want to hear your opinion–both sides. Join the discussion by sounding off in the comments below. Reaction will be moderated.

Comments

  • Sam says:

    I have no mixed feeling about Rob Ford. Plain and simple leave the guy be.
    How many other politicians have done the same?
    Just recently Mr Justin Trudeau admitted to smoking pot! and wants to legalize it!
    Furthermore, if Rob Ford is required to resign then so should all the other politicians currently sitting that have done the same starting with Justin Trudeau.

  • Sandi says:

    fs02 literally tooks the words directly from my keyboard! I would like to add something however. As an extensive and frequent world traveller, for the first time I am utterly ashamed to say I am Canadian. Around the world, people automatically associate Canada with Toronto. As this country’s largest city, Toronto is forefront in the international eye, as we are finding out this morning. On an international level, the city of Toronto IS Canada and right now, Mr. Ford is making a laughing stock of Canada. Canadians from coast to coast and around the world are being affected by Rob Ford’s actions. Mr. Ford is being extremely selfish and self centered, looking out only for himself. Since he has made the choice to remain in office, he should be focusing on damage control and attempt to repair the damage he has already done to his city’s, and this country’s once stellar international reputation. He owes it to his constiuents, to his city, and to his country and Canadians everywhere.

  • mark lavalle says:

    I think it is about time that people leave rob ford a lone and get on with city bussness. how many other politishans have done this many .
    you want to have a good thing then come to peterborough and check out our mayor he just does what he wants and does not care about the inpact on the city. he said we would have jobs none have come if you are a 20 yeras old then you have to move older then that they do not want you so he neeeds to step down .

  • kittysosweet says:

    Leave the man alone..he fessed up and I think that’s a big step. He is doing a very good job. He will get my vote anyday. He is one of us…an everyday guy who drops of his laundry at the cleaners on his way to work, so that’s why I relate.

  • kittysosweet says:

    Yes Yes Yes!! He will get me vote anyday..to bad I am a 905er. Just love the guy. He is doing an amazing job.

  • fso2 says:

    Big liar

    We do not have the right to judge the man, the person: no one is perfect and yes, everyone makes mistakes, and we all kind of hope there is a god or goddess of second chances, or at least, personal transformation. That said: we do, as voters and citizens of Toronto, have the right to comment on his public behaviour and his actions, which have been to lie, to bully, to enable his brother to be a bigger public bully, to be ignorant, and sadly, to lie again, regardless of the consequences, disregarding the highly public nature of the Mayor’s office.

    Curiously, the Ford, oops Bully Bros. continue to believe that due process and law ought not to apply to them. And they want to stay in politics? Municipally AND provincially? Logic fails. But then, we are becoming more and more populist and tribal, and the Bully Bros. are good examples of just how that’s manifesting itself in Toronto.

    Perhaps a positive legacy of the Fords’ time in office will be new provincial legislation for municipalities that requires any sitting mayor in Ontario to step aside under a broader set of circumstances than currently exist.

  • Lana says:

    So rob ford smoked crack cocaine, guess what everyone he’s not perfect, But he has done what he was elected to do, he’s done more then some other mayors. If we get another mayor do you really think that mayor is never going to do something wrong, or that a new mayor is going to do everything they say their going to do…hmmm probably not. We have yet to have a mayor that can please everyone, and its not going to happen. What we have to look at is the positives, not the negatives or mistakes that the mayor has done. So I say again has rob ford done what he said he would do… yes. Another note, if rob ford was a crack head you would know it and he would have lost a lot of weight.

  • soo777 says:

    why are there only positive comments about Ford here?

  • mark12512 says:

    i think rob ford should step down as mayor and stay out of politics we dont need a crack user as a the leader of our city if we allow that we might as well let a homeless person run the city

  • soo777 says:

    Everyone seems to be just dwelling on the crack use… how about the fact that Ford’s actions have repeatedly embarrassed the city of Toronto, if its not one thing its another, throwing people off a bus, lying, using his power as a mayor for his own gain, public drunkeness. Anyone can cut budgets … but can he live up to the public eye and conduct himself accordingly? NO!

    If he loves his job so much as he says he does then he needs to realize that its a large part of his job to conduct himself in a manner that is fitting to the position and to step down and get help, it seems the drinking is more of a problem than the drugs. I have never heard of a mayor before in Toronto who has gotten in his most eloquent words *sarcasm* … “hammered” … all I can say is he is a goof and deserves to be ousted. October 2014 is painfully too far away to wait and continue to be embarrassed as a member of this city.

  • Porcelain says:

    I could not agree with you more!

  • Tina says:

    I am disgusted! WHY is it okay for politicians to do drugs and not the rest of us! I don’t do drugs but how is he as a public leader setting a good example for the people in Toronto, especially the youth of TO. He should be ordered removed out of office, immediately!!

  • TwittingDee says:

    There are going to be mixed feelings on Rob Ford here are mine:

    Rob Ford made a mistake, what really upsets me, is that people that are pointing fingers, have at one time or another drank and did things they regretted the next day. This man before elected made a promise to the people of Toronto, and he kept it. With all the attention on Ford, when it should have been on McGuity, that man got away with something more serious then taking a puff off a crack pipe, Let me just say if Ford was always smoking crack he sure wouldn’t be the size he is, (not to be rude) nor would he be able to run the city the way he has been, Give him a chance he apologized, we all make mistakes no one is perfect. Wish he was the mayor of Brampton.

    I wonder how many others would pass a drug test in office???

  • Porcelain says:

    It is not the fact that he made a mistake (actually, he’s made several), it is the fact that he continuously lied about it, denied and flamed at the media when confronted. The Ford’s are simply disgraceful and then to turn around and get upset at the police Chief and say that HE should step down because he voiced how disappointed he is in the Mayor? Unreal!

  • TwittingDee says:

    There are going to be mixed feelings on Rob Ford here are mine:

    Rob Ford made a mistake, what really upsets me, is that people that are pointing fingers, have at one time or another drank and did things they regretted the next day. This man before elected made a promise to the people of Toronto, and he kept it. With all the attention on Ford, when it should have been on McGuity, that man got away with something more serious then taking a puff off a crack pipe, Let me just say if Ford was always smoking crack he sure wouldn’t be the size he is, (not to be rude) nor would he be able to run the city the way he has been, Give him a chance he apologized, we all make mistakes no one is perfect. Wish he was the Mayor for Brampton,

    I wonder how many others would pass a drug test in office???

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