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Rob Ford on Today’s Conflict of Interest Decision: Full Text of His Remarks

Mayor thanks Torontonians for their support, says he is looking forward to the next six years in office.

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A couple of hours after learning that an Ontario appeals court had overturned a previous decision removing him from office, Rob Ford held a press conference at City Hall to try to put this case behind him and discuss his goals moving forward. Here is the full text of his speech—

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.

I’d like to begin by saying this has been a very, very humbling experience. I have enormous respect for the judicial system and I’m very, very thankful for the decision it make today.

I would like to thank my legal team, Alan Lenczner and Andrew Parley, for their brilliant performance. I’d also like to thank my loving family: my supportive wife Renata, my mum Dianne, my brothers Doug and Randi, my sister Kathy. This has been a very challenging time for all of us.

I’d like to thank the thousands of people who offered their support and encouragement over the last few months. Your kind words have inspired me to continue fighting on. At every restaurant, at every gas station, people in the city have given me phenomenal support. I truly, truly want to thank them for that.

Folks, two years ago the people of this great city elected me as their mayor. It is an enormous privilege and I’m thankful for it every single day. I’m very proud to say that over the past two years I’ve done exactly what I said I was going to do.

The job is not finished yet. I plan to spend the next six years on getting the job done. Moving forward we continue doing the work we were elected to do. We are doing a great job in turning the city around. We will build on the sustainable fiscal foundation we have established for Toronto’s future. We will introduce a new economic strategy to grow Toronto in the 21st century. We will also introduce a broad transit strategy that will serve our residents and their grandchildren for the next 100 years. We will improve customer service across every division—the service delivered by our city and its agencies—and we will continue to manage this great city by respecting each and every hard-earned tax dollar. Together we will build a Toronto that is hands-down the best city in the world to live, work, and invest in.

On election night two years ago I promised to do what I said we were going to do, and I am proud of how much we have done so far. Promises made, promises kept. And it is my plan to continue fighting for the great people of this city for the next six years.

Finally, I want to repeat what I said at the beginning: I can’t thank the people of this great city for all their support [sic], going out of the way, coming to my office, emailing my office, coming to my home, and wishing me the best of luck. My gratitude and appreciation to every single person in this city, and I truly, truly want to thank them for their support.

UPDATE: January 25, 2012, 2:30 PM And here is a very shaky iPhone video of Ford’s press conference, which you can watch if you’d like to hear the words exactly as they were spoken.

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