Toronto’s crack-smoking leader: What to do with a drunken mayor?
The Economist - over 3 years
AFTER months of denying allegations that he had smoked crack cocaine, Rob Ford, Toronto’s independent mayor since 2010, reversed course on November 5th, admitting that he had taken the drug about a year ago. His explanation, that it was “probably in one of my drunken stupors”, did little to help his case. The breathtaking announcement—one of the reporters present literally gasped—was followed by an emotional apology to Torontonians for embarrassing them and a promise not to light up again. But despite his contrition, Mr Ford made clear that he has no plans to resign. Indeed, he says he will run for re-election next year.That leaves Canada’s largest city with a problem. It is extremely difficult to remove a sitting mayor, even one who has confessed to drug and frequent alcohol abuse, unless he is convicted of a crime. The federal justice minister, Peter MacKay, suggested that Mr Ford “get help” with his personal problems, but said that the affair fell under provincial jurisdiction. K
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