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Duly Quoted: Michael Thompson

Councillor Michael Thompson responds to the first of two Rob Ford videos released yesterday.

“I find his portrayal and his conduct as mayor of this city offensive. The element of understanding that the city of Toronto has a motto, which is ‘Diversity Our Strength.’ And to be mocking and interpreting—his interpretation of, being, I suppose, being Jamaican, is offensive…”

—Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37, Scarborough Centre), commenting on a video, filmed Monday and posted to YouTube yesterday, that saw Mayor Rob Ford mumbling and speaking in Jamaican patois at a Rexdale restaurant. Thompson made it he clear he feels Ford is not “fit” to remain in office, and suggested the mayor is not treating the issue with the seriousness it deserves.

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