November 6th, 2013
08:15 AM ET

Toronto Mayor Ford Admits Crack Cocaine Use, Won't Step Down

Despite the call for him to step aside after he publicly admitted Tuesday using crack cocaine, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said he will not step down and will run for re-election next year, CNN's Paula Newton reports.

"I was elected to do a job and that is exactly what I am going to continue doing," he said during a news conference Tuesday at his office. "We live in a democracy and on October 27, 2014, I want the people of this great city to decide if they want Rob Ford to be their mayor."

Earlier Tuesday, after months of dodging allegations, Ford told reporters that he smoked crack cocaine about a year ago - probably, he said, during a "drunken stupor."

"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. But ... do I? Am I an addict? No," Ford said.

"Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago," he said about the cocaine use.

Ford said later that he knew he had embarrassed everyone in the city and "I will be forever sorry."

He promised the people of Canada's largest city that his mistakes will "never ever, ever happen again."

Pressure on Ford, 44, increased last week when Toronto's police chief announced investigators recovered a video of the mayor that purportedly shows him smoking a crack pipe. That followed allegations in two media reports in May that a video showed Ford using crack cocaine last winter.

Canadian Political Commentator Supriya Dwivedi spoke on "New Day" Wednesday to Michaela Pereira about Toronto City Councillor John Filion's motion to take many of the mayor's powers away from him.

Dwivedi believes that motion has a chance to pass.

“I would say the word inside Council and around City Hall is that there is a lot of support for this movement,” Dwivedi says. “How can anybody realistically get anything done when the mayor admitted to smoking crack cocaine?”

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  1. Jay

    What the news media doesn't tell you is that Rob Ford saved Toronto from economic troubles by reducing the deficit and fostering job growth in the city. Rob Ford made Toronto one of the most economically sound cities in North America. Without him, the city would end up just another bankrupt Detroit. All these fuss is just TMZ-style reporting attack on his personal life.

    November 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  2. Crackheads need jobs too

    Dude needs to be fired. I would be fired for smoking crack, why should he not be? You can't trust a crackhead.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  3. Marc

    Well at least Ford still shows up to work for the people which is more that I can say for Congress. At least he's not smoking crack behind closed doors. Who knows maybe Ford Peddles dope to Congress to. It would explain their late nights. Maybe look at fixing your own politicians instead of criticizing ours!!!

    November 6, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  4. Chase

    Its a hell of a drug

    November 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  5. Anheuser Busch

    I have never brewed a beer that would make you want to smoke some crack.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  6. Politicians are people too

    Canada's very own Marion Berry. This is a no-brainer. If you admit too or test positive for crack or any other drug... you will loose your job. He has to go.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply

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