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Calls for Rob Ford's resignation mount after new scandal

Posted by Derek Flack / May 1, 2014

Rob Ford ResignRob Ford has finally agreed to seek help for substance abuse problems, but many fellow politicians aren't mollified and are calling for the mayor's resignation in the wake of yet another scandal. Naturally those leading the charge are Ford's competitors in the mayoral race. "Rob Ford is not just a bad mayor. He is also a disgrace," reads a statement released by the David Soknacki office shortly after the news broke. "Toronto can't wait until October 27th. It is time for Rob Ford to resign, immediately."

John Tory tried his best to sound decisive by chiming in that "for the good of the city, I call on Mayor Ford to resign." Meanwhile councillors Josh Matlow and Jaye Robinson took to Twitter to call for the mayor's resignation.

Kristyn Wong-Tam didn't explicitly call for Rob Ford to step down, but she probably made the most powerful observation of the night. "Ford might rehabilitate his health but 30 days isn't going to cure his racism, misogyny, homophobia & chronic tendencies to break the law," the Toronto councillor wrote on Twitter.

While Karen Stintz derided the remark Ford made about her in the audio tape acquired by the Toronto Sun, she promised to make further comment about the situation later today. A resignation call is almost inevitable. Olivia Chow has, however, been curiously quiet. One suspects that she has her eye on a chunk of the Ford Nation vote that's less dogmatically conservative, and knows she needs to play it as cool as possible.

More resignation talk will surely follow today, though the odds are that Ford himself will stay mum until the peak of the firestorm blows over.

Photo by Jason Cook in the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

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Let it go, let it go, Can’t hold it back anymore! Let it go, let it go, Turn away and slam the do / May 1, 2014 at 09:29 am
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Prove it with your votes!! He's already had his power stripped, he's just stepped aside. Election in October 27th.

Take a deep breath and now start listening to the other candidates.

Let the anger go, its not healthy, Let it go!
Ryan / May 1, 2014 at 09:42 am
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I dunno guys. I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt.
David / May 1, 2014 at 09:44 am
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This whole video is Hoax for a campaign redemption story.

Think about it, a video was shot in his sisters basement this past weekend. Obviously he knows who took the video and is now shopping it around. The real campaigning starts usually after the May long weekend or early June, the exact timing he'll return to the campaign trail. #WIN

Doug / May 1, 2014 at 09:52 am
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Seems like a brilliant campaign strategy to me. Everyone loves a come-back story.
Philip / May 1, 2014 at 10:27 am
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I actually hope Ford gets re-elected... all the right-wingers deserve him. I want the city to go down and drown the rednecks with him
Doug / May 1, 2014 at 11:00 am
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It's pretty tough to force someone to resign when they're on a leave of absence related to substance abuse. In our society, it would be like firing someone because they have cancer. It's not going to happen.
Re-sign, not resign / May 1, 2014 at 11:17 am
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The Unmensa Society, nee Ford Nation, wants Rob to sign again, not resign.

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