The following is a statement read by Mayor Rob Ford at City Hall on Tuesday.
Good afternoon everyone.
I was elected two years ago by the people of Toronto to do a job. We have accomplished a lot in the past two years. But, that job isn't finished yet.
I respect the Court's decision that was released yesterday. My decision to appeal is not a criticism of the Court. But, I feel it is important to work through the appeal system so I can continue to do the work I was elected to do.
This entire matter began because I love to help kids play football. When this came to Council for the vote in question, I felt it was important to answer the accusations
that had been made against me. I was focused on raising money to help underprivileged youth.
I never believed there was a conflict of interest because I had nothing to gain. And, the City had nothing to lose.
But, I respect the court's decision. Looking back, maybe I could have expressed myself in a different way. To everyone who believes I should have done this differently – I sincerely apologize.
The people elected me to bring respect for taxpayers back to City Hall, and I will keep working to do exactly that for as long as I can – or, until the people elect someone else to do the job.
Thank you. Unfortunately, that is all I can say at this time.