Tuesday 16 January 2018

Crack-smoking Toronto mayor says he's not quite perfect

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Rachael Alexander

Crack-smoking, binge-drinking mayor Rob Ford says he is "not perfect" but denies he has an alcohol problem.

Toronto's disgraced mayor who has admitted to smoking crack and binge drinking, has said he is "not perfect" and takes full responsibility for the embarrassment he has caused. But, in interviews, Mr Ford, who was stripped of most of his powers on Monday, disputed he has an alcohol problem.

"I've embarrassed not just myself, my family, my friends, my supporters, the whole city," Mr Ford said. "I take full responsibility for that. We've all made mistakes . . . I'm not perfect."

However, when asked if he was in an alcohol treatment prog- ramme, the mayor said: "No, I have a weight issue. Have been training every day."

He also pledged to reform his behaviour but noted that "talk is cheap".

"Come back in five months. If you don't see a difference, you can say, Rob, I don't believe you," he said. "Go take a drug test or urine test or alcohol test. No problem."

In the latest chapter of an embarrassing saga in Canada's biggest city, Mr Ford was largely reduced to a figurehead by the city council – but he again refused to step down.

Mr Ford has spoken of taking court action and said the only judgment he should face is that of voters at the ballot box. "This is going to be outright war," he said.

He has faced outrage over a litany of misdeeds, both admitted and alleged, since police said they had video footage of him smoking crack. Mr Ford admitted he smoked the drug and apologised for his antics, including what he described as his many "drunken stupors".

Irish Independent

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