Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Ford ducks crack scandal; Trudeau, Wynne do not
TORONTO -- Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stayed silent for a fourth day Tuesday amid allegations a drug dealer had recorded him on a cellphone video smoking crack cocaine and making homophobic and racist comments.
As the scandal, which has garnered international attention, swirled around the mayor, others were less reticent about weighing in.
In Ottawa, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau decried Ford's alleged use of an anti-gay slur against him.
"I just hope the words he is alleged to have used are not true," Trudeau said.
"It's a sentiment that a huge number of Canadians -- and not just Canadians of the LGBTQ community -- find reprehensible and unacceptable."
On Thursday, the U.S.-based website Gawker and the Toronto Star separately reported a crack dealer was shopping around a cellphone video that appeared to show Ford smoking crack.
The publications said their staff had viewed the footage and taken notes about its contents but neither had purchased the video.
Despite calls from allies and rivals to address the allegations more thoroughly than he did last week, Ford ignored a crush of reporters waiting outside his city hall office Tuesday morning.
Amid rumours about whether he would make a public comment, the mayor did address council for six minutes on a proposal for a city casino.
However, he avoided the media after the vote as he returned to his office. He eluded reporters again when he ducked out of his office and drove out of city hall mid-afternoon.
At the provincial legislature, Premier Kathleen Wynne, who initially said the controversy was a local matter, expressed concern over the ongoing firestorm surrounding the mayor.
"It's concerning to me if there are issues, whether they're personal issues, that get in the way of a government, a municipal government, being able to work in the best interest of the city," Wynne said when pressed.
Ford's only comment so far came on Friday, when he briefly described the allegations as "ridiculous" and slammed the Toronto Star report as a smear job.
Ford's lawyer, Dennis Morris, has called the reports "false and defamatory" but told The Canadian Press on Sunday he had not received any instructions about launching legal action. The matter was in "pause" until it's known whether the video would become public, Morris said.
Gawker and the Star reported on Thursday that the video was shown to them by a drug dealer who had been trying to sell it for a six-figure sum. Gawker has been trying to crowdsource $200,000 to buy and publicly post the footage. By Tuesday afternoon, it had raised more than $93,000.
-- The Canadian Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 22, 2013 A9
Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
(1 of 9 articles for today)7:48 AM 0
Photo Store Gallery
- Ontario medical student, girlfriend among passengers of doomed Malaysian flight
- RCMP charge Sen. Mike Duffy with fraud, breach of trust and bribery
- Conservative party president's 7-year-old daughter hit by minivan, killed
- Mayor of Montreal-area community dies after being stung by wasps
- Police investigate suspicious death at Pemberton, B.C. Music Festival
- Canadian teacher detained in Jakarta jail on accusations of child sexual assault
- Duffy accused of charging for personal trainer, makeup artist, funeral travel
- Big Lake Ontario shark hoax shows risks posed by viral marketing, experts say
- New report questions Canadian Ukraine election monitoring missions
- Cdns at odds with Harper gov't priorities: Finance Canada focus-group report
- Family of missing boy, grandparents won't give up on finding them alive
- Moms change diapers, Dads form leaders: Justice minister's emails to staff
- Calgary police confirm violent incident in case of missing boy, grandparents
- $20,000 per person:Activists push for guaranteed minimum income for Canadians
- 'We're lucky to have her in our lives;' baby survives crash that killed mother
- Suspect in case of missing grandparents and child to make court appearance
- Investigators bring in boat in search near Calgary-area acreage in missing family case
- Calgary police say there are other leads in case of missing boy, grandparents
- Police say search near Airdrie part of probe into missing Calgary residents
- Ex-wife of B.C. homicide victim says man conned her; both appeared on Dr. Phil
Ads by Google