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Rob Ford Addresses Conflict of Interest Decision

Mayor gives first full statement on judge's decision to remove him from office.

Rob Ford just held his first conference to directly address the decision by Judge Hackland to remove him from office. He did not take questions, citing the ongoing legal proceedings (an appeal will be heard in January). His full statement is in the video above; it follows in a transcript as well.

Good afternoon everyone.

I was elected two years ago by the people of this great city to do a job. We have accomplished a lot in the past two years, but that job is not finished yet.

I respect the court’s decision that was released yesterday. My decision to appeal is not a criticism of the court, but I feel it is important to work through the appeals system so I can continue to do the work I was elected to do by the taxpayers of this city.

This entire matter began because I love to help kids play football. When this came to council for a vote, I felt it was important to answer the accusations that had been made against me. I was focused on raising money to help underprivileged youth. I never believed it was a conflict of interest because I had nothing to gain and the City had nothing to lose. But, I respect the court’s decision.

Looking back, maybe I could have expressed myself in a different way. To everyone who believes I should have done this differently, I sincerely apologize. The people elected me to bring respect for the taxpayers back to City Hall. I will keep working to do exactly that for as long as I can, or until the people elect someone else to do the job.

Thank you very much. Unfortunately, that’s all I can say at this time.

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