Speaking to reporters during a media scrum, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dropped a bombshell Tuesday as he admitted to smoking crack-cocaine after months of denials. He made the astonishing admission in front of the Mayor’s Office.
“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” Ford told a phalanx of cameras and journalists. “I don’t even remember. Probably in one of my drunken stupors. You guys have seen the state I’ve been in.”
The revelation comes as Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair stated at a press conference that there was indeed a video reportedly depicting the Toronto mayor smoking from a crack pipe. Since then, Councillor Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother, has been calling for Blair to step down from his post.
Nevertheless, Ford claims he hasn’t been lying to reporters for months and instead said that media outlets haven’t been asking the right questions. He denies, though, that he suffers from a substance abuse problem.
Immediately after the mayor’s comments, it was reported that several councillors called for Ford to take a leave of absence and address his personal problems so city council can finally tackle the city business without having scandals plaguing the city.
Councillor John Fillion has confirmed that he is filing a motion to have the mayor’s powers temporarily frozen, while Councillors Denzil Minnan-Wong and Peter Milczyn have urged Ford to address serious matter.
“The Mayor consorts with known criminals and/or individuals involved in the sale and distribution of drugs," the motion states. "The Mayor misled the residents of the City of Toronto with regard to the existence of a video in which he was involved and/or participated in the use of crack cocaine."
Ford has repeatedly stated that he will not resign or take a leave of absence because he has no reason to. Polls show that the mayor’s approval ratings have remained steady, but a majority of Torontonians say he should submit his letter of resignation.