Toronto Mayor Rob Ford claims he was singled out by police when he was issued a jaywalking ticket over the weekend in a suburb of Vancouver, and says that wouldn't have happened in Toronto.
"In Toronto, I've seen very few police officers giving jaywalking tickets," said the mayor on Wednesday to reporters. "I have a lot of friends on the force, they don't give jaywalking tickets."
Ford said he and "about 15 other people" were walking across the street near his hotel in the Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam when an officer told him he had crossed on a red light. "She picked me out and said, 'You're Rob Ford, come with me.' I'm just perplexed by it."
According to Ford, the officer called her supervisor and then, after a period of 20 minutes, issued the mayor a jaywalking ticket for $109.
"Everybody does it," said the mayor about jaywalking. He recounted the many times as a young man he would "scoot" across the street in Etobicoke — the west-end Toronto suburb where he grew up and continues to live today — without a green light or crosswalk.
'Double standard' for the mayor
Coun. Doug Ford said his brother is the victim of a double standard when it comes to police — in both British Columbia and Toronto, where there is an open investigation involving the mayor.
"It's a double standard," he said. "It's one set of rules for Rob Ford and one for every other investigation."
The mayor's brother urged Toronto police Chief Bill Blair to speak openly about the investigation into the mayor.
Recently, Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux, who was in charge of Project Brazen II — the investigation that saw hundreds of pages of surveillance details on the mayor released in the fall of 2013 — told media the case was ongoing. Coun. Ford said the chief should be making these announcements in a public forum.
About the mayor's recent jaywalking ticket outside Vancouver, the councillor said the mayor only got a ticket because of who he is. "He got the ticket because his name is Rob Ford."
The councillor admitted he hadn't talked to his brother about the incident, but said the fact the mayor waited 20 minutes before being issued the ticket was an example of the double standard.