I’m sure that by now, many of you have heard the latest news about the mayor. I’ve been asked to make a statement about today’s allegations.
Toronto deserves a mayor who will put our city’s residents before himself. Mayor Ford should honestly answer questions or resign immediately. For the good of the Toronto, I hope that the mayor will step aside so that he can focus on his own challenges while Council can focus on the business of the city.
I believe the Mr. Ford is entitled to, like any resident, fair and due process. However, the allegations about his conduct are so concerning that I believe the public also deserves an honest response about the facts and details of these allegations from our city’s mayor. Police Chief Bill Blair has confirmed that the alleged video in which Mayor Ford appears to be smoking crack cocaine and making racist and homophobic slurs indeed exists and will be shown in court.
Despite these very disturbing and serious allegations, I am committed to continue working with Council on Toronto’s priorities and ensuring that residents are well served. We are fortunate to live in a remarkable city that I’m very proud to call home. However, I also expect that honesty and accountability must prevail.