Episode 106: The Rob Ford Saga


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Guy Evans looks back at some of the key events leading up to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s admission that he smoked crack cocaine, and discusses the implications for Ford’s political future and the city itself.

TRANSCRIPT OF ROB FORD’S FULL MEDIA ADDRESS (11/05/13)

Rob Ford admits to crack cocaine use

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

With today’s announcement, I know I embarrassed everyone in the city. I will be forever sorry. There is only one person to blame for this and that is myself.

I know that admitting my mistake was the right thing to do. And I feel like 1000 pounds have been lifted off my shoulders.

I can’t explain how difficult this was to do.

I hope, I hope that nobody, but nobody, has to go through what I have gone through. I know what I did was wrong and admitting it was the most difficult, embarrassing thing I have ever had to do.

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 clear. I want to be crystal clear to every single person. These mistakes will never, ever, ever happen again.

I kept this from my family, especially my brother Doug, my staff, my council colleagues, because I was embarrassed and ashamed.

To the residents of Toronto, I know I have let you down, and I can’t do anything else but apologize. I apologize and I’m so sorry.

I know, I know I have to regain your trust, and your confidence, I love my job.

I love my job, I love this city, I love saving taxpayer’s money, I love being your mayor.

There is important work that we must advance and important decisions that must be made. For the sake of the taxpayers of this great city, for the sake of the taxpayers we must get back to work immediately. We must keep Toronto moving forward.

I was elected to do a job. And that’s exactly what I’m going to continue doing. In 2010 I made a commitment to Toronto voters, I have delivered on that commitment and I will continue to deliver on that commitment of saving taxpayer’s money, but they have a choice.

We live in a democracy. And on October 27th of 2014, I want the people of the great city to decide whether they want Rob Ford to be their mayor.

Again I sincerely, sincerely apologize. God bless Toronto.

FURTHER READING

Hume, C. (2013). Rob Ford can’t be saved; can Toronto? The Toronto Star.

Mayer, A. (2013). Mayor Rob Ford’s crack use ‘weakens’ Toronto’s brand. CBC News.

Tucker, E. (2013). Here’s everything Rob Ford has said about crack video allegations. Global News.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in video murder rant. BBC News.

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