Toronto’s often-drunk-and-sometimes-high-on-crack mayor needs to go to rehab, so says John Stewart, at least. On last night’s Daily Show, Steward said “Even though I will lose precious material, please go to rehab!”
Now in the realm of international news and comedy, Toronto and Ontario officials are kind of being forced to take Mayor Rob Ford’s probable alcohol addiction and crack use seriously.
But Mayor Ford says he will not step down.
There are laws that may step into play if Mayor Rob Ford will not step down. Ontario Province Premier Kathleen Wynne told media that there are laws about when leadership of a municipality must be removed, but the police service and judicial service must take action first. Meaning that the mayor must be charged before he can be forcibly removed from office.
Here’s a transcript of a question and answer session Tuesday outside Ford’s office, provided by the National Post:
Rob Ford: I’m going to discuss the issue that’s problematic. I think you saw what a former MPP, Runciman said. I have the utmost respect for Mr. Runciman, my dad served with him. Um, when he comes out and says stuff like that, it’s problematic.
Reporter: Why aren’t you talking to the police? Why aren’t you [not audible]?
Ford: I mean there’s a problem, there’s obviously a problem, right? So I’ve been advised by my lawyer, Dennis Morris, and you have the right to call Dennis. He said you do not talk to the police. I’m going on what he said.
Reporter: Has the chief offered to show you the video personally?
Ford: You know what? I haven’t, I can’t comment on the video that I haven’t seen. You guys have asked me a question. You asked me a question back in May. And you can repeat that question.
Reporter: The question we asked you back in May?
Reporter: You said the video didn’t exist.
Ford: You asked me a couple questions. What were those questions?
Reporter: Do you smoke crack cocaine?
Ford: Exactly. Yes I have smoked crack cocaine.
Reporter: When, sir?
Ford: But no, do I? Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Um, probably in one of my drunken stupors. Probably approximately about a year ago. I answered your question. You ask the question properly, I’ll answer it.
Reporter: How many times?
Ford: Yes I’ve made mistakes. I, all I can do now is apologize and move on. Can I just look — all I can say is I’ve made mistakes and you guys kept referring to alcohol, there was a couple of isolated incidents. There’s been times when I’ve been in a drunken stupor. That’s why I want to see the tape.