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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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  • The Nexus

    “The people elected me to bring respect for the taxpayers back to City Hall.” – ya.. about that… we’re still waiting to have that delivered to us. So far, all I’ve seen is disrespect, contempt and boorishness at city hall.

  • iamrobfordsaneurysm

    Rob, have some class and leave the kids out of this, okay?

  • Laughing

    Whatevs ex-Mayor Ford. A few fries short of a happy meal.

  • Rob R.

    Attn: Rob Ford.

    As someone that believes you could have done things differently.. allow me to quote another noted sports enthusiast with zero grasp of what was required of him..

    “You can stuff your sorries in a sack, Mister!”
    -George Costanza, Formerly of the New York Yankees.

    PS: Please don’t call a TTC bus to help move your stuff out of the Mayor’s office.

  • Anonymous

    All morning he’s laughing it up and smiling at the Argo’s parade and now he’s all somber and apologetic? He’s almost as good an actor as he is a mayor. The best thing that can happen now, is for him to disappear from city hall, never to return. Ain’t going to happen because too many big “C” conservatives, including the PM have too much riding on him as their salvation in Toronto.

    • Eric S. Smith

      Are you claiming that any provincial or federal politicians have the slightest interest in being associated with Ford? Even before this verdict, that would be a stretch.

    • vampchick21

      As much as I dislike Harper, I doubt he viewed Ford as a salvation for the Conservative agenda in Toronto. Harper likes people he can keep a rein on, plus, let’s give a dog it’s due, Harper is a smart man, and smart people are driven insane by the type that is our former mayor. So no, our PM is probably relieved that the buffoon is out. Who-dat however, is probably heartbroken, but no one actually cares about him.

  • Pk

    Stop calling us ‘taxpayers’ and start calling us ‘citizens’.

    • Anonymous

      But he doesn’t mean citizens.

      • Anonymous

        He means brain-dead Ford Nation acolytes. Is there a difference?

  • Anonymous

    All it took for Rob Ford to reflect on his actions was for him to be removed from his job! Thanks, Mr. ex-Mayor, for demonstrating that the punishment fit the crime perfectly.

  • Anonymous

    Rob:

    Think of this as a time-out. A well-earned vacation. An opportunity to coach full time. You’ll come roaring back in 2014. Or not.

    Best wishes!

    Notafan.