After Question Period this afternoon, Jason Kenney stopped to speak with reporters. After discussing another matter, he was asked about Rob Ford’s situation. Here is a transcript of his response.
You know, first … it’s obviously a municipal affair, not a federal issue so we’re going to have to leave it to Toronto city council to sort out this mess. I will say, though, as an elected official that I think Mr. Ford has brought dishonour to public office, the office of mayor and his city. I wished he had taken a leave of absence some time ago to go and deal with his personal problems, but not having done that I personally think he should step aside and stop dragging the city of Toronto through this terrible embarrassment. So, again, as a … I think there’s a dignity in public service and elected office and he is doing, regrettably, dishonour to that high office.
He was then asked about political ties between the federal Conservatives and Mr. Ford.
I publicly supported the election campaign of my good friend Rocco Rossi in the last mayoral campaign.