Toronto - For the first time Wednesday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told the City Council he bought illegal drugs in the past two years.
Even though a majority of council members asked Ford to take a leave of absence Wednesday, he refused. While Ford had already admitted to smoking crack cocaine, this is the first time he has come clean about buying illegal drugs.
Toronto's Mayor faced many questions from City Council members before they voted to ask him to take a leave of absence. Since he has not been convicted of a crime, they cannot force him to resign. One of the council members who does not think Ford should leave office is his brother, who defends him and thinks questioning Mayor Ford is a waste of taxpayer money.
Ford insists he is not addicted to drugs and repeated that he is not an addict of any kind.
"Have you purchased illegal drugs in the last two years?" asked one council member.
"Yes, I have," said Ford. "The reason I drank or did drugs was not because of stress, it was out of sheer stupidity. That's all it was. So I'm not going to blame something. I'm not going to use an excuse or a cop-out. I take full responsibility for my mistakes. I don't know what else I can say."
"Rob does not come into work drunk. He said he's tried illicit drugs under a drunken stupor. And he's not doing drugs, and he's not drinking. So he's moving in the right direction, in my opinion. But the public flogging, never seen anything like it," said Ford's brother.
The council voted 37-5 to ask Ford to leave to "address his personal issues." The council also voted for Ford to apologize for misleading the city about the existence of a video of him smoking a crack pipe and for Ford to cooperate with police. The motion was non-binding. Ford insists he will run for re-election next year.