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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds back his emotions while speaking at a June 30 news conference.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds back his emotions while speaking at a June 30 news conference.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's reprehensible, inexcusable public behaviour and remarks have been beyond belief for anyone in that prestigious position, and any other self-respecting person would have quit the job long ago when faced with the well-deserved scorn (T.O. mayor opens up on drug abuse, July 3).

But let's not forget he has taken seven to eight weeks of treatment and, much as in Alcoholics Anonymous, has learned that part of his treatment and cure is to publicly admit he has been addicted to booze and drugs. He has taken three steps towards the cure: going for treatment, admitting his failures, and apologizing for them (which he never would before).

So let him be, let him get on with his work (much as it has been reduced in scope), and let him stand for re-election as mayor. And if the people of Toronto re-elect him (and I doubt they will), that might well work that final cure for his body, mind and soul.

I very much doubt he will be cured if he is constantly badgered and barraged with questions about his past behaviour.

 

CHRIS KENNEDY

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 4, 2014 A10

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