Defiant Toronto Mayor Repeats He Won’t Resign After Crack Scandal [Photo]
Disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford reiterated Saturday that he won’t resign despite mounting pressure for him to step aside after police said they had obtained a copy of a video that appears to show the mayor puffing on a crack pipe. Allegations against the mayor began in May when footage surfaced apparently showing the mayor of Canada’s largest city smoking crack with news outlets reporting they had also seen the footage. On Thursday, Police Chief Bill Blair said he was “disappointed” in Ford at a news conference and announced that the video had been recovered from a computer hard drive during an investigation of an associate of the mayor’s suspected of providing him drugs.
The Toronto Board of Trade and all four major Toronto newspapers have called for Ford to step down from office. Further damaging information has come forward in the form of a security incident report from city hall security guards who say they witnessed a “very intoxicated’ Ford having trouble walking, sweating profusely and swearing at aides after St. Patrick’s Day in 2012. Currently the mayor is not facing any criminal charges in addition to municipal law making no provision for Ford’s forced removal from office unless he’s convicted and jailed for a criminal offense.