TORONTO Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged Sunday that he has made mistakes in his life, but left unanswered questions about the alleged crack video that has propelled him into the international spotlight.
the first one to admit I am not perfect, I have made mistakes, Ford told his weekly radio show.
I cannot change the past. I can just move forward and learn from the past, which, I assure you, I doing.
Ford apologized to his family, members of city council and Toronto taxpayers. He said he was referring to being inebriated in public during Taste of the Danforth in the summer and St. Patrick Day last year and texting while driving.
lot of stupid things. It all self inflicted, he said while promising he would make changes.
also know that to move forward I have to make changes in my life, which I will assure you I can do, he said. want to keep working for the people of this city. didn talk about the c Jack Wolfskin ontents of the video that police say appears to be the one that two media outlets say allegedly appears to show him smoking crack cocaine. He said he hasn seen the video so it impossible to explain its contents.
when the video is released, I going to explain to the best of my ability what in the video, said Ford, who called on police chief Bill Blair to release the video so everyone can see it.
this video shows, folks, Toronto residents deserve to see and people need to judge for themselves what they see on this video, Ford said.
is the Jack Wolfskin right thing to do and chief, I asking you to release this video now. said Thursday that the video will be evidence in the case against a friend and sometimes Jack Wolfskin driver for the mayor Alexander Lisi who faces criminal offences including trafficking marijuana. Police allege Lisi, 35, tried to get his hands on the video and charged him with extortion.
Toronto police said Sunday that it is up to the courts to decide whether evidence is released to the general public.
He steadfastly refused to talk about the issue for months, but Blair stunning announcement on Thursday that police had what appeared to be the video triggered a torrent of calls for Ford to either resign or address the issue.
The video saga earned Ford international headlines, with countless foreign media devoting space on their websites to the story.
Ford met privately Saturday with deputy mayor Norm Kelly, who relayed concerns from city councillors about the fallout from the police revelations.
On Sunday, Kelly appealed for everyone, including Ford critics on city council, to give the mayor a second chance.
would urge my colleagues to do that, to show that this is more than just rhetoric that in fact he has learned his lesson, Kelly told The Canadian Press in a phone interview after the radio show.
Interview with Ford
The mayor also spoke to KiSS 92.5 Maurie Sherman who asked Ford if he was an addict.
made that quite clear. I had a few drinks; I going to curb my drinking. No, I am not a drug addict. If you consider alcohol a drug, well, you know what, I not an alcoholic. Do I have to curb my drinking a bit and not gloat and get intoxicated in public? Absolutely. That not going to happen, and that it, Ford said.
Sherman also asked the mayor what was in the envelope that Lisi put in his car and he said, comment. the interview, Ford also dared police to him if he done anything illegal, which he said he hasn toMaurie Sherman full interview with Mayor Ford below:
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To the few still left who support Mr Ford. Just remember a liar is a liar. Let for a second just reflect on this crack issue. The mayor insisted that the video did not exist, but yet his so called friend and part time driver, and drug dealer is now charged with extortion among other things. Don delude your selfs by thinking the mayor himself didn ask for his assistance in retrieving this video. Reflecting on his time as mayor will be fondly remember by all with things like, flipping the bird to a mother and her young daughter, texting and driving, reading and driving, his St Patty day fiasco, maybe we should look back a little more, and recall the charges he faced in I think it was Florida, looks to me like a pattern of abuse and I frankly tired of all the lies and drama, Come clean, Get clean, And get lost bury your head in the sand and let us move on and heal as a city
My 14yr old son and I was listening to 680 news and heard the story and appology from Mayor Rod Ford and stated, Mom I want to be the Mayor of Toronto, it is the only Job I know you could do anything wrong, say you are sorry, get away with it and keep your job and decide your own fate. He said I tried that many times and still had to suffer my consequences, could not decide my own fate and got no pay. What goes for the Mayor should go for everyone, it would be a world of lawlessness with no consequences as each person decides their own fate. He should have been fired from the first incident and stop making Toronto a worldwide laughing stock. He is no example to our city.
If and when the video does get released Rob Ford may be in for a big surprise and so may his supporters. He obviously didn know he was being taped so he doesn know what he was saying or doing. By the Police Chiefs comments I don think he should be urging that the video be released. If he can swear at his staff and ridicule them when he wasn drunk, just imagine what he was saying when he was under the influence of whatever it was. Or are his supporters going to say poor guy didn know what he was saying. May the true Rob Ford be known. This is not just a case of Rob Ford doing drugs and alcohol. There was a lot more going on that he is not saying or admitting to and we have police reports and photos to prove it for all to see. He said he will run the city on his own if he has to. So sad to hear a mayor say that. What an ego!
I am sick and tired of lying politicians. After months of denial and lies by Ford, his brother his staff he decides to partially come clean. Well that doesn cut it.
Its the same with Harper and McGuinty. Although, and I almost ashamed to say it, at least McGuinty had some kahunas to have an inquiry, testify, and get out of office. Whether he told the full truth is another story but at least he did the bare minimum. You might think one is worse than the others but Harper and Ford have yet to do any part of the minimum that should be required. All they have done is throw their back room non elected staff under the bus.
If this is lead Jack Wolfskin ership and we accept it, then we certainly get what we deserve.
If he using drugs, have him take leave for treatment until he straightened out then let him come back and finish what he was voted in to do.
Any workplace would give their employees an ultimatum. Get help or be dismissed, and if you get help, we forgive and move forward. This seems less about Ford personal struggles and more about looking for any reason to get him out.