Rob Ford scandal: What they said

Rob Ford admitted today that he smoked crack "probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago." Earlier today, Councillor Doug Ford called for Toronto police Chief Bill Blair to resign.

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  1. “I think he’s lost the moral authority to lead,” Toronto Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said moments after Ford’s impromptu press conference. “We’re in unchartered territory.” Read more.

  2. “I’m the justice minister, you know where I stand on the use of illegal drugs. As a human being, I think that the mayor of Toronto needs to get help,” Peter MacKay said. Read more here.
  3. “Like all Torontonians I am watching this with concern. I have faith in the police service, I have faith in the judicial system and it has to work itself through,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told reporters Tuesday minutes after Ford confessed to smoking crack after denying it for months. Read more here.
  4. “I think Torontonians will wonder if his problem is actually deeper than he's willing to admit,” Toronto Councillor Paula Fletcher said. “He should actually take a medical leave and step aside.” “What else is there that he hasn't yet told us?” Read more here.

  5. “This latest revelation says very clearly that it is time for him to step aside and go take care of his family and his health and leave us to take care of the business of council in the meantime,” said Toronto Councillor Pam McConnell. Read more here.
  6. “I think it's obvious that the mayor should at least take a leave of absence,” Councillor John Filion said. Read more.
  7. “I support anything that will encourage the mayor to step aside, address his problems and potentially come back to being there for the city of Toronto. But right now he does not have a shred of credibility…His credibility is gone.” Read more.
  8. “It’s up for him to decide,” Toronto councillor Maria Augimeri told reporters. “He was democratically elected. He has not been charged or convicted of anything. We live in a democracy.” Read more.
  9. "I have a responsibility to uphold the law and I can’t be deterred from that by personal attacks. And I’m not going to respond to personal attacks," Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said today. Read more.
  10. "The police chief believes he’s the judge, the jury and the executioner. In my opinion, this creates a bias towards the mayor, it creates a bias towards Sandro Lisi’s case, this compromises the chief and as the former solicitor general said, Bob Runciman, and now senator, about the chief’s comments it’s unacceptable his comments." Read more here.
  11. Councillor Frank Di Giorgio
    “I’m sure many, many people that he knows that are closest to him, when they became aware that there might have been a dependency either on alcohol or drugs, would have I’m sure implored him to try and get some help.

    “If his closest family and friends cannot get him to do that, I’m not sure that anything that council can do will get him to do otherwise.”
  12. Councillor Karen Stintz
    “He has betrayed the people of Toronto. And he’s betrayed his supporters that were giving him the benefit of the doubt as he was denying these allegations against him. He’s admitted to smoking crack cocaine. And he said to the city that he can still lead the city, in light of these allegations, and I think it’s disappointing.”
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