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

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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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/25/2014 03:28 PM
    "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."

    Reporters want to set the record straight??!?!?!
    The man answered the questions when he was asked point-blank on NBC. Why are you maggots following him around when you're either going to get the same answer, or no answer.

    And they wonder why Ford garners so much sympathy? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Exhibit "A".
    1. arthur posted on 02/25/2014 04:34 PM
      @Karl Burgin I don't believe he garners much sympathy from the honest hard working taxpayer who goes to work everyday and keeps his or her nose clean and just goes home to their families at the end of the day and doesn't drink and drive or do crack. But when you have a reputation of waking up telling lies, lying all day long to everyone and going to sleep telling lies you have to hold him to account. Everyone (maybe except you) knows he was lying through is stinkin teeth during the interview so stand up like a man and deal with it and don't coward out.
      Another thing! he's going cap in hand now to everyone the feds the province. he used to ridicule everyone else for that right?
  2. Only Common Sense posted on 02/25/2014 04:29 PM
    Regarding your " ...Exhibit "A".

    "A" stands for ABJECT - meaning
    "allowing no hope of improvement or relief", and "utterly despicable or contemptible",
    both of which aptly describe the on-going behaviour of the failed mayor-in-name-only.

    You are unwittingly correct, Karl, chief apologist for everything Ford.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/25/2014 04:38 PM
      @Only Common Sense You're nothing more than an A for Absolute ASS.
      Who can't even see beyond his own disdain and hatred. There you go...
  3. arthur posted on 02/25/2014 04:39 PM
    he keeps saying my "administration" can someone tell me who's in his administration?
    1. Tim posted on 02/26/2014 05:37 AM
      @arthur His brother doug. Thats about it.
  4. HP posted on 02/25/2014 04:51 PM
    Those of us that saw his interview on this morning's Today Show saw the same old Ford. He lied, evaded questions, Doug made sure he didn't say anything stupid, it was classic Rob Ford.

    The real story here is that Ford ran on a campaign based on "respect for the taxpayer", reducing taxes and waste. Where does he think the federal government get their money? The Toronto taxpayer pays municipal, provincial, and federal taxes as well as the HST, excise taxes, and service charges. Getting money from the federal government means that my taxes will go up and the federal deficit and debt will rise.

    That's is not "respect for the taxpayer", that's pure and utter contempt, not only for Toronto taxpayers but all taxpayers across Canada. He doesn't seem to care that the Halifax and Vancouver taxpayers will be funding Toronto, increasing their taxes as well.

    Rob is just greasing up his campaign, but the irony is that there are people in Toronto that are stupid enough to believe in what he is promoting, essentially a pyramid Ponzi scheme, paying money from new receipts and borrowed funds. It's a relief to know that many Torontonians aren't falling for this "straw man" campaign strategy. We grew up in the last three years and won't be fooled again.
  5. dama posted on 02/25/2014 05:04 PM
    "Rob Ford on a mission for Federal funding, runs from questions about drug use"

    Was John Moore watching the same video I did?

    Anyone see Rob Ford RUNNING away from that question?

    Sensationalizing and slamming Rob Ford.. and Rob Ford did the right thing,, Dont have to answer that question, for it was asked and answered long time ago even this morning on Today's show..

    Reports covering City Hall recently have become stupid..
    1. dama posted on 02/25/2014 05:08 PM
      @dama **reporters..
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 02/25/2014 06:54 PM
      @dama You'd be surprised how many are easily fooled by the large letter print headlines.
      If the printed "Aliens were found in area 51- and it's Rob Ford's fault", they would probably buy that too.
  6. gay for Ford posted on 02/25/2014 07:05 PM
    the media of Toronto is jealous petty angry and ugly and a bunch of hacks and mayor Ford proves that. Hello Ford was part of Jimmy Kimmel's 2000 show and Kimmel stated he doesn't like ford he loves ford. He was part of seth Meyers first show, hello the whole world love ford except the hack media of Toronto all of them are hacks and losers and the blood sucking union sympathizers. I am gay and will vote for ford again. He has kept all his promises love him.
  7. Brian posted on 02/25/2014 10:45 PM
    To All of FordNation - why do you think it is wise to give the keys of the city to a middle age teenager who thinks it is cool to experiment with illegal drugs? - he said he is not a addict so he must still trying to find his purpose for his life
    1. dama posted on 02/26/2014 02:52 PM
      @Brian Even when one is mature, doesnt mean that one has REALLY found his purpose for one's life...

      I bet most have at one time in their lives, experimented with something that is illegal.. smoking pot, take Meth, some even shoplifted...

      I am not perfect too,, and most are not as well..

      Holier than Thou ?
  8. r2d2 posted on 02/26/2014 01:34 AM
    just so I understand what's going on. Rob Ford went to Ottawa to try and get funding.
    So he went to try and have the Feds tax more from the people and then come back and say look I'm not taxing you.
    1. Tim posted on 02/26/2014 05:38 AM
      @r2d2 That basically sums it up.
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