Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford 'to stay on'


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: "I was elected to do a job and that's exactly what I'm going to continue doing"

 Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has vowed to stay on and run for re-election next year, dismissing calls he resign after admitting he smoked crack cocaine. Earlier, Mr Ford admitted smoking the drug in a "drunken stupor", though he has said he is neither an addict nor an alcoholic.
He publicly apologized, saying he was "embarrassed" by his behaviour.
"I love my job, I love this city," he said. "I know I have to regain your trust and confidence."

Mr Ford said he had kept his illicit behaviour from his family, staff and political colleagues.
"There is only one person to blame for this and that is myself," he told reporters at a packed press conference on Tuesday.
"Folks, I have nothing left to hide... I would do anything, absolutely anything to change the past, but the past is the past and we must move forward.
"I want to be crystal clear... these mistakes will never, ever, ever happen again."

Mr Ford told reporters earlier in the day he had taken the drug about a year ago. His admission follows revelations that a video apparently showing him smoking crack cocaine - long rumoured in the media to exist but never released publicly - was in the possession of the police.

The mayor had previously called for the release of the video.
"I want everyone in the city to see this tape," he said. "I don't even recall there being a tape or video. I want to see the state that I was in."

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appeared at a press conference in Toronto, Ontario on 5 November 2013
Ford denied he had lied when insisting "I do not use crack cocaine"

Last week, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said investigators had recovered footage from a deleted hard drive that appeared to show Mr Ford smoking from a crack pipe. Police have not revealed details of the mobile phone clip, but say it is consistent with previous descriptions from media organisations that reported viewing it.

The police have also not charged Mr Ford with any offence.  His friend and occasional driver Alexander "Sandro" Lisi faces charges of marijuana trafficking, possession and extortion in connection with the video. Police have said they expect the video will come out when Mr Lisi goes to trial.

Mr Ford has also challenged allegations he lied when denying using crack cocaine, telling the media earlier in the day, "I wasn't lying. You didn't ask the correct questions." Six months ago, the mayor said: "I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict."

The allegations of drug use first surfaced in May after journalists with the gossip website Gawker and the Toronto Star reported seeing the video. In the intervening months, one city councillor put forward a motion demanding the mayor take a leave of absence and co-operate with a police investigation.

Another councillor, Jaye Robinson, told broadcaster CBC that Mr Ford no longer had "a shred of credibility". A lot of citizens feel that way too. We do not demand perfection from our leaders. They too have human frailties as well as graces. But we do demand they have a certain amount of credibility, honesty and  some scruples. Mr Ford has been given one chance after another to come clean and tell us the truth....also to improve his attitudes and prejudices. We have to be able to trust the people who represent us and lead us. We no longer trust Mr Ford and feel in all good conscience he should step down. It's called accountability Mr Ford.

The Genie ( A Canadian citizen)


  1. Girl we got it going on ... Hahahaha !

    I agree ... our politicians are wacked out on something for sure but they all don't want the public to smoke , drink or inject what they are using . Funny that the average American / Canadian can be so productive and our doped up politicians can't get anything done for America or Canada .

    Good Post PIC ...
    but hey that's just me and the way I roll. Luv ya

  2. Genie ,

    Now the peoples who took this video of him smoking ! You know they made copies ! He should have resign , then went to rehab , but since he did none of these things he still got a lot problems , wake up people .

    Wow !! Any Canadians out there want to explain how this Neanderthal got elected in the first place .

    Being an alcoholic is one thing and bad enough all by itself , but admitting to drunken stupors where you have NO RECOLLECTION of events is another matter entirely .

    Especially from an elected official . This guy appears to believe acting like a frat boy is entirely acceptable .

    If a janitor is caught smoking weed , he will get fired and possibly go to jail , but if a politician gets caught smoking crack , or posting photos of his genitalis on the internet , or having a serial history of vile sexual harassment , or , he gets at least one , maybe two , second chances .

    And we wonder why our policial systems are in a shambles ? Maybe it's not the contrived ideological divides that the media are blasting us with that is the problem , maybe we just elect genuine DIRT bags to positions of power .
    Great post Genie
    Just my humble opinion

  3. Politicians seem to have a pretty inflated opinion of themselves.
    Maybe because they pass the laws, they think they are above the laws.
    A lot of them seem to be coming to a bad end lately in your country and mine.
    Good work PIC. Let's see if we can do a follow-up in the future

    Luv ya

  4. Hi Humble,
    I wouldn't be surprised if the video ends up on Youtube. I don't think rehab is an option since he is in denial of any problem.

    But you just have to look at him to see how interested he is in self gratification. He has an addictive nature. They can't keep up with his pants size he is getting so huge.

    Why did we elect him? Damn good question, Gil. Our judgement was way off on that election day. We have seen many pictures of him drunk as a skunk in the news.

    You are right, we give them too many chances to redeem themselves. They are no more deserving than anyone else.

    We are seeing little signs of corruption popping up here and there in our system. Imagine what we can't see.
    It has nothing to do with party ideologies. They are all just as corrupt.

    Do you think that having a little "dirt bag" in one's character is a prerequisite to becoming a politician?

    Who do you vote for when you don't like any of the candidates?



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