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Rob Ford’s most memorable quotes

“I offended a lot of people and all I can do is apologize and say sorry. I cannot change the past.”


 
Darren Calabrese/CP

Darren Calabrese/CP

TORONTO — A selection of some memorable quotes from former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who died Tuesday of cancer. He was 46.

“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.” Ford on May 24, 2013, on allegations that surfaced a week earlier that he’s seen on a video smoking crack cocaine.

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“I think everybody’s seen the allegations against me today. I wish I could come out and defend myself. Unfortunately I can’t because it’s before the courts and that’s all I can say right now. I have no reason to resign. I’m going to go back and return my phone calls. I’m going to be out doing what the people elected me to do and that’s save taxpayers money and run a great government.” Ford on May 24, 2013.

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“I drove myself down there, I was not drinking. I went out, had a few beers and I did not drive home. My people met me after that.” Ford on Aug. 11, 2013, on allegations he was drunk at the Taste of the Danforth street festival.

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“That was pure stupidity. I shouldn’t have got hammered down at the Danforth. If you’re going to have a couple drinks you stay home, and that’s it. You don’t make a public spectacle of yourself.” Ford on Nov. 3, 2013.

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“Whatever this video shows, folks, Toronto residents deserve to see and people need to judge for themselves what they see on this video.” Ford on Nov. 3, 2013, of the infamous “crack video.”

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“You didn’t ask the correct questions. No, I’m not an addict and no I do not do drugs …. I want to be crystal clear to every single person: these mistakes will never, ever, ever happen again.” Ford on Nov. 5, 2013, admitting he smoked crack cocaine, likely while in one of his “drunken stupors” and denying he lied about it.

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“Robbie is not a drug addict. I know because I’m a former addict… It depends what you want to consider an alcoholic. Robbie does not drink every night, and he does not drink one. When Robbie drinks I think he just goes full tilt.” Kathy Ford, the mayor’s sister, tells TV station CP24 on Nov. 7, 2013.

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“If he was really, really in dire straits, he needed help, I’d be the first one, I’d put him in my car and I would be taking him, as would all of us, you know. No. He isn’t there.” Rob Ford’s mother, Diane Ford, said in the same interview, adding that her son’s biggest problem is his weight.

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“I put myself in the shoes of the taxpayers, if they were to look at the few incidents that we’ve had, I can understand they would say, ‘He may have a problem.’ I can assure you I am not an alcoholic, I am not a drug addict.” Ford at a city council meeting on Nov. 13, 2013.

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“I’ve never said that in my life to her, I would never do that. I’m happily married, I’ve got more than enough to eat at home.” Ford on Nov. 14, 2013, on allegations he made lewd comments to a female aide about performing oral sex on her.

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“I might’ve, I might’ve, I don’t recall, I might’ve had some drinks and driven, which is absolutely wrong, but outside of that, I’ve said what I had to say… Again, I’m not perfect.” Ford reacts to allegations in court documents that he had driven drunk on Nov. 14, 2013

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“The revelations yesterday of cocaine, escorts, prostitution has pushed me over the line and I used unforgivable language and again I apologize. These allegations are 100 per cent lies.” Ford on Nov. 14, 2013.

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“This… reminds me of when I was watching with my brother when Saddam (Hussein) attacked Kuwait and (U.S.) President Bush said ‘I warn you, I warn you, I warn you, do not.’ Well folks, if you think American-style politics is nasty, you guys have just attacked Kuwait.” Rob Ford before the vote on Nov. 18, 2013 to strip him of his powers.

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“I’m not going to run around and be phoney and lie. I’m not going to have someone try to blackmail me and say they got videos of this…. I’ve just had enough, I was sick and tired of all these allegations and all the bulls–t, excuse my words, and that’s all it is.” Rob Ford, in an interview broadcast on CNN on Nov. 18, explaining why he admitted to using crack cocaine.

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“Monday was unfortunate…. I had a minor setback. We all experience these difficult bumps in life.” Ford on Jan. 21, 2014, after a new video emerges on YouTube of him in a rambling, profane rant using Jamaican patois.

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“I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year. I know that I need professional help and I am now 100 per cent committed to getting myself right.” Ford said in a statement on April 30, 2014, after three Toronto newspapers publish a slew of new Ford reports, including about another video showing him allegedly smoking crack cocaine, an audio recording of the mayor drunk, spewing profanities and making lewd comments, and witness accounts of him snorting cocaine at a city nightclub.

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“Rob was very emotional when he told me the hardest thing about this is he knows he let people down, he let his family down…. I love my brother. I’ll continue to stand by my brother and his family throughout this difficult journey.” Ford’s older brother, Coun. Doug Ford.

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“You name it, I pretty well covered it. I was in denial. I convinced myself I didn’t have a problem.” Ford in a series of one-on-one media interviews in July 2014.

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“It’s not just an addiction. Some people can drink, some people can casually use drugs. I have a disease. I have a chronic disease. I was born with blond hair and I’m going to die with blond hair. I was born with this disease. I’m going to die with this disease.” Ford in July 2014.

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“This is what I love to do. This is not causing the disease. I’ve had this disease before I even entered this office.” Ford on whether the stresses of the job contributed to his drug and alcohol abuse in July 2014.

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“I offended a lot of people and all I can do is apologize and say sorry. I cannot change the past.” Ford in July 2014.


 
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