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Should Toronto Mayor Rob Ford step down after admitting to smoking crack cocaine?

Toronto's mayor clings to power, but critics ask whether Rob Ford still has the moral authority to wear the chain of office.
Seedy, sordid and staying at Toronto City Hall ... the story that keeps on giving will keep on living in the Mayor's office. Stalwarts of Ford Nation will rejoice. His critics are vexed as they come to realize there isn't much they can do to about it unless the police come up with a gun more smokin' than the Mayor's notorious video. We ask what comes next. 

"I know that admitting my mistake was the right thing to do and I feel like a 1,000 pounds have been lifted off my shoulders. Folks ... I have nothing left to hide. I was elected to do a job and that's exactly what I am going to continue doing. In 2010, I made a commitment to Toronto voters. I have delivered on that commitment and I will continue to deliver on that commitment of saving taxpayers money. I sincerely ... sincerely ... sincerely apologize. God bless the people of Toronto".Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

That was the "fraught" heard round the world yesterday as the mayor of Toronto came clean about his drug use, admitted shame, and declined urgent invitations to leave the mayor's chair.

Interactive graphic: Ford players, the story so far -- The Toronto Star

Mr. Ford's says he's going to finish the job taxpayers elected him to do. But it's not as if his detractors and critics have gone away, or were even impressed with his apology after months of denials. There are motions at city hall to at least limit his power if he won't leave.

Did Rob Ford pay utility bills for a crack house? -- The Toronto Star

  • John Filion is a Toronto councillor and he has introduced a motion that would reduce Rob Ford's power. The motion would prevent the mayor from hiring or firing the chairs of committees and the deputy mayor.

What are your thoughts? Has Rob Ford lost the moral authority to govern now that he has admitted to smoking crack-cocaine?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott, Karin Marley and Shannon Higgins.