Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: 'I have no reason to resign'


Back in May, Toronto's mayor seemed incredulous that anyone could believe he'd use crack cocaine. He was emphatic about it. He's had even less to say since Toronto's police chief revealed officers have that video of Rob Ford smoking crack. We unpack the revelations and allegations surrounding Rob Ford.


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Digging deeper into the police investigation that's made the world turn to Toronto -- and gawk.

At a news conference at Toronto City Hall, Toronto's mayor stood in front of a Hallowe'en mural of ghosts and bloody hand prints and explained he couldn't defend himself against new revelations --- because the case was before the courts.

But long before Hallowe'en, strange shadows followed the mayor. And at least some of them belonged to Toronto police. Newly released court documents reveal police photographed many meetings between the mayor and a friend named Alexander Lisi. They exchanged packages; it's not clear what the packages contained.

Mister Lisi now faces charges of drug trafficking and extortion. And Toronto's police chief Bill Blair says the force also recovered something remarkable from a computer hard drive: it's The Video...the one in which the mayor is seen what appears to be smoking crack cocaine, and making racist and homophobic remarks. The video--the mayor had for months insisted-- doesn't exist.

"I have been advised that we are now in possession of a recovered digital video file relevant to the investigations that have been conducted. That file contains video images which appear to be those images which were reported in the press".

Bill Blair, Toronto's Police Chief

When pressed, Chief Blair said Mayor Ford does appear to be in the video. When asked if he was shocked, the Chief replied he was "disappointed." When Mayor Ford talked to reporters a few hours later, he was undaunted.

"No, you know what ... I have no reason to resign. I am gonna go back. I am going to return my phone calls. I'm going to be out doing what the people elected me to do, and that's save tax payers money and run a great government that we've been running for the last three years. That's all I can say".

Rob Ford, Toronto Mayor

As he said, Mayor Ford planned to return his phone calls. He hasn't gotten back to us yet.

Robyn Doolittle is the Urban Affairs Reporter with the Toronto Star ... one of three reporters who say they've seen the video in question. She was in our Toronto studio.

People outside Toronto may be unfamiliar with the term "Ford Nation." It's a loose description of the mayor's supporters, usually more than a third of the people polled. There's nothing loose about their backing however. Ford's promises of gravy cutting, tax cutting and subway building have dedicated support.

Will the latest development shake Ford Nation?

James Pasternak is a city councillor for Ward 10, York Center and he was also in our Toronto studio.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott and Lara O'Brien.

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