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WATCH: Rob Ford on a mission for Federal funding, runs from questions about drug use
Ford pledges to push for more Federal cash for Toronto, then walks away when asked about drug use
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Rob Ford storms out of a news conference after being asked questions about drug use
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

Rob Ford says he's on a mission to get Toronto's "fair share" of government funding.

The Mayor is off to Ottawa on Wednesday to attend a meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

He'll sit down for discussions with 21 other Mayors from across Canada, as well as representatives from the Federal government.

Infrastructure funding is expected to be front-and-centre.

The Mayor says he will push for financial help to build new subway lines and request assistance from the Federal government to cover the $2.6 billion Ford says is needed to get Toronto's public housing complexes caught up with repairs and refurbishments.

"Years of under-investing has left us far behind on where we should be on transit and housing," Ford says.

"My administration has accomplished a great deal on this front but we can't do it alone.  The Federal and provincial governments must acknowledge the unique needs of the largest city in Canada."

Ford has shunned these meetings in the past, saying that he was not elected to "fly around the world."  

He has also been critical of city councillors who have gone to other events sponsored by the FCM.

However, the Federal government recently announced $14 billion dollars in infrastructure funding will be put up for grabs for cities that can make a successful pitch.  With the Mayor facing an election this Fall, it could explain Ford's change of heart.

Likely referring to long-time family friend, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Ford suggests he might have the inside track on landing Toronto the money it needs.  "I have my contacts up in Ottawa.  They've treated us very well.  I look forward to sitting down with the other big city Mayors," he says.

Ford stormed out of a news conference where he was speaking about his upcoming trip.

Reporters pushed him to clarify comments he made on NBC's The Today Show mere hours before.

The Mayor was asked by host Matt Lauer whether he has used illegal drugs since he promised to clean up his life in the wake of admitting he smoked crack cocaine.

"I don't use illegal drugs, I experimented with them probably a year ago," Ford said.

The Mayor was asked again later at City Hall but when given a chance to set the record straight, he stormed away with his staffers in tow.

"Don't be jealous because I do an interview with an American station," he said.

Ford insisted that he had already answered the question.

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Rob Ford storms out of a news conference after being asked questions about drug use
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

Rob Ford says he's on a mission to get Toronto's "fair share" of government funding.

The Mayor is off to Ottawa on Wednesday to attend a meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

He'll sit down for discussions with 21 other Mayors from across Canada, as well as representatives from the Federal government.

Infrastructure funding is expected to be front-and-centre.

The Mayor says he will push for financial help to build new subway lines and request assistance from the Federal government to cover the $2.6 billion Ford says is needed to get Toronto's public housing complexes caught up with repairs and refurbishments.

"Years of under-investing has left us far behind on where we should be on transit and housing," Ford says.

"My administration has accomplished a great deal on this front but we can't do it alone.  The Federal and provincial governments must acknowledge the unique needs of the largest city in Canada."

Ford has shunned these meetings in the past, saying that he was not elected to "fly around the world."  

He has also been critical of city councillors who have gone to other events sponsored by the FCM.

However, the Federal government recently announced $14 billion dollars in infrastructure funding will be put up for grabs for cities that can make a successful pitch.  With the Mayor facing an election this Fall, it could explain Ford's change of heart.

Likely referring to long-time family friend, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Ford suggests he might have the inside track on landing Toronto the money it needs.  "I have my contacts up in Ottawa.  They've treated us very well.  I look forward to sitting down with the other big city Mayors," he says.

Ford stormed out of a news conference where he was speaking about his upcoming trip.

Reporters pushed him to clarify comments he made on NBC's The Today Show mere hours before.

The Mayor was asked by host Matt Lauer whether he has used illegal drugs since he promised to clean up his life in the wake of admitting he smoked crack cocaine.

"I don't use illegal drugs, I experimented with them probably a year ago," Ford said.

The Mayor was asked again later at City Hall but when given a chance to set the record straight, he stormed away with his staffers in tow.

"Don't be jealous because I do an interview with an American station," he said.

Ford insisted that he had already answered the question.

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