A full transcript of Rob Ford's statement to media - Macleans.ca

A full transcript of Rob Ford’s statement to media


A transcript of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s statement to media Friday afternoon (video below):

Well good afternoon, everyone.

I’d like to take this opportunity to address a number of issues that have circulated in the media over the last few days. There has been a serious accusation from the Toronto Star that I use crack cocaine. I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine. As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist. It is most unfortunate, very unfortunate, that my colleagues and the great people of this city have been exposed to the fact that I have been judged by the media without any evidence.

This past week has not been an easy one. It has taken a great toll on my family and my friends and the great people of Toronto. For the past week, on the advice of my solicitor, I was advised not to say a word. I want to thank the people of this great city for their outpouring of support. I would like to thank and congratulate all the young men that I’ve had the opportunity to coach and improve their lives in the last ten years at Don Bosco. I will continue to support Don Bosco in spirit, and I wish them great success for their upcoming season. These kids are phenomenal kids who have bright futures, and can do anything if they put their mind to it.

I would like to assure everyone that we are continuing to fight for the taxpayers every day, and it’s business at usual at City Hall. This administration is turning the corner. And I will continue to do what the great people of this city elected me to do, and that was to keep taxes low, to improve customer service, and to reduce the size and cost of government, and invest in our infrastructure.

I would also like to thank my former chief of staff, Mark Towhey, for his service, and all the work that he has done.

Again, I’d like to repeat, I can’t thank the people enough, of Toronto, for their support and in being there and calling me and emailing me every single minute of this day.

I would also like to thank you for being here today, but most importantly folks, we have, I have, the city has, the best deputy mayor in Doug Holyday that anyone could ever ask for. I want to thank Doug for being here, and I want to thank my best friend, and I love him dearly, my brother Doug, for having to go through this nonsense.

Thank you very much.

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A full transcript of Rob Ford’s statement to media

  1. Read the transcript, but didn’t watch the video… It was kind of lame, but I guess up to par for RF.

  2. Everybody must be thinking “did the Fords buy the video”.

  3. They should produce the video or just shut up and go away. Let Rob Ford do his job. We are tired of this smear campaign getting in the way of city business.

  4. I’m glad he took this step. Too late, but better late than never, and better than nothing.

    A few things, however…

    “I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist.”

    I kinda wish he would he gave us more than that. Ford, better than anybody else, knows the truth of the matter, and if the truth is ‘I didn’t smoke crack’, he still must have some, even limited, insight into this video. He knows the circumstances described in the reports on the video to date. Was it him? Was it a double? Was it a set up? Was it footage taken out of context? Was the vidcap we’ve been shown a forgery or taken out of context? Where could it have been taken?

    “For the past week, on the advice of my solicitor, I was advised not to say a word.”

    And how has that strategy worked out? (I know the answer: disastrously.) Why didn’t he come out with this statement a week ago? What changed?

    • Seriously? Politicians, while being smearing by wild and completely untrue, unprovable accusations, accusations that are NOT a matter of criminal investigation at this point, are advised by their “solicitor” to not say anything? Dude, give your head a shake. That is so obviously a ludicrous statement and position it does not deserve even a passing thought that it might be plausible.

      I repeat, lawyers do not advise politicians to not comment on huge scandals that aren’t being criminally investigated. If you have nothing to fear, you aren’t talking to your lawyer.

  5. He used the present tense – “I do not use crack cocaine”. He did not say “I have never used crack cocaine”.

    Make of that what you will.

  6. Did someone buy the video?
    Do Rob and Doug Ford have a spare $200k? Perhaps it’s the next birthday present.
    Why did’nt The Star buy the video before now? What were they waiting for?

    Anyway, time for Ford to go NOW. He has been and continues to be dysfunctional. Possibly his erratic, impulsive and aggressive behaviour can be explained by drug and/or alcohol abuse. Goodbye, Toronto deserves and needs a better mayor than Ford.

  7. If there was no truth to any of these allegations I would think this would make an excellent defamation lawsuit…