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Mayor Ford goes on a rant about the Police Chief... again

Rob Ford refused to apologize for the comments he made in a video shot at Steak Queen in January...

A defiant Mayor Rob Ford refused adamantly Thursday to apologize for a profane video rant against the city's police chief.

Instead, Ford said it was Chief Bill Blair who had to explain the cost of a long-standing police investigation into the mayor's activities that led to the arrest of a personal friend.

"I have nothing to apologize", Ford thundered to reporters at city hall.

"Why won't he come clean and tell the taxpayers how much money has he spent on surveilling me and obviously coming up with nothing, coming up with me urinating in a parking lot?"

Ford also again challenged Blair to arrest him if there were grounds to do so.

"If he's going to arrest me, arrest me. I have done nothing wrong."

On Wednesday, Blair said he was "deeply offended" by remarks Ford had made about him at a restaurant in a surreptitiously filmed profane rant.

During that tirade, which surfaced last month, Ford swears, appears to imitate a Jamaican accent and references Blair and counter-surveillance.

Ford has since admitted he had been drinking at the time.
Blair was not impressed.

"It was disgusting," Blair told CP24 on Wednesday.

"It's shameful to have my name even associated to such behaviour."

The mayor has been under police investigation since the Toronto Star and the U.S. website Gawker reported last May on a video appearing to show Ford smoking crack cocaine.

After Blair said police had found a video depicting such activity and expressed disappointment at what he saw, Ford lashed out at the chief for having a political agenda.

Ford did however end months of denials and admit to having smoked crack cocaine in a ``drunken stupor'' but has since said he did not use illegal drugs and had stopped drinking.

The mayor's friend Alexander Lisi was charged in the police investigation with drug offences, and later charged with extortion in relation to the so-called "crack" video.

When he was arrested, Lisi is reported to have suggested to police that the mayor would go after them in a manner they took as a threat.

Ford said he could not comment on Lisi because the case is before the courts, but was adamant his spending as mayor is transparent while Blair's is not.

"How about chasing me around for five months, using taxpayers' money, trying to embarrass me, trying to politicize things," Ford said.

"This is embarrassing."

Ford also refused to discuss events around his drug and alcohol use, saying he had already addressed concerns about his behaviour and had moved on.

"I think you've seen a physical change in me," said Ford, who boasted about his fiscal track record.

In a separate scrum with reporters, the mayor's brother accused the chief of police of getting politically involved in the mayoral election. Doug Ford suggested Blair, along with Police Services Board member Andy Pringle are trying to get their buddy John Tory elected mayor.

In a statement, Tory called the accusation "a disgrace" and said "Torontonians deserve better."

"While mayors across Canada are focused on building transit and attracting jobs, Doug and Rob Ford are focused on fighting the police chief. I am proud to support the Chief", Tory continued.

"Today's behaviour underscores why we need new leadership at City Hall."

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  1. ehMon posted on 02/27/2014 03:30 PM
    As a taxpayer, I support the investigation 100%. There is nothing to explain.
    1. AC posted on 02/27/2014 04:15 PM
      @ehMon 100%!
      the goof brothers just sound scared. They're throwing everything to see if it's going to stick but they're really just looking like the fools they are.
      they know the chief won't play their game. He will investigate Ford to the fullest as he should. i have full confidence in our polices services if Ford was involved in any criminality he will face justice
    2. dama posted on 02/27/2014 04:44 PM
      @AC If there is any charges, Rob Ford would have been charged by now.. this investigation is too long in the making.. so far the police and with all the video surveillance .only Lisi was charged with extortion.. and he will probably beat it too..
  2. Richard posted on 02/27/2014 04:41 PM
    Why would the Frauds go against the Chief knowing that the investigation is not over?? They are obviously terrified and are lashing out (offense is the best defense). I am sure that there will be lots more charges (with more proof), and I am certain that the additional charges will come out close to election day.
    1. dama posted on 02/27/2014 04:49 PM
      @Richard The investigation on Bill Blair was due to conflict with the Police Services Act and it was due to Doug Fords complaint in Nov 2013, not that the Ford brothers are scare.. or terrified..

      Bill Blair even tho he is the Chief has shown to be biased.. he should have been investigated long ago for the G20 mess..
  3. Mark posted on 02/27/2014 06:33 PM
    Does not matter to me. I'm done with both of these clowns.

    Ford had the right message but he is clearly the wrong guy and Blair is incompetent and seems not to care when his cops act like thugs so he has got to go. Frankly, someone who is strip searched just to be humiliated needs to sue the ass of Toronto's thug cops.

    To bad Tory acts like he would like Blair's ass.

    FIRE EM ALL I SAY !!!!!!!!!
  4. lee posted on 02/27/2014 07:11 PM
    The Mayor is right. The chief has stepped over the line 2-3 times so far and some police board members, who are not in the Ford camp, have already said they want him gone.
  5. standingupfortherestofus posted on 02/27/2014 08:59 PM
    Rob Ford, you are an embarrassment to not only the city of Toronto but to the province as well as the country. You are publicly humiliating yourself as well as your brother. You should be apologizing for your disgusting use of drugs and alcohol abuse. Doug, from a political stand point, you will not advance in your career as a political figure. You should have silently stepped aside if you wanted any advancement in your career.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/28/2014 09:57 AM
      @standingupfortherestofus And how many times should they apologize- more than Rob has done so already?
      If he does apologize, are we going to forgive and forget- or are you going to keep on re-hashing it, like you're doing now?

      With people like you, no matter what the mayor does, it will never be good enough.
      I'm a bit inclined to have Olivia Chow win the race now- to re-jog your memory as to why Ford was elected by an over-whelming majority to begin with.
  6. WarrenS posted on 02/27/2014 09:35 PM
    Mayor Ford and Chief Blair are locked in a game of 'I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I'. So sick of the dysfunction. Toronto City Council needs an enema.
  7. Ken posted on 02/27/2014 11:27 PM
    Let's see;
    1. G20 thugs and a thousand illegal detentions led by the Chief
    2. Hundreds of illegal strip searches annually led by the Chief
    3. Police thugs shooting innocent and sick people - regularly! - led by the Chief
    4. Chief's conflict of interest in travel and holidays with head of police services board
    5. Lengthy and expensive (total cost not disclosed) game of tag between police and Mayor - led by the Chief
    6. Unprofessional public and unprofessional comments by the Chief against the sitting Mayor.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/28/2014 10:12 AM
      @Ken Fully agree here...

      Also to add to that- this is all about politics, The Chief is a political figure. As someone pointed out, he doesn't do any actual police work. For instance, look at Julian Fantino(?). He is now in political office. The role of chief is nothing more as a stepping stone to greater aspirations.
      Not to mention, after the Rob Ford response, John Tory chimed in on Twitter, jabbing at the mayor, and saying this is the reason why a new mayor is added. And here I thought he wasn't going to involve himself in the shuffle.

      One note though: Unless Tory wants to lose another election, he had better keep his nose out of this one.
    2. Angry Bill posted on 02/28/2014 01:59 PM
      @Karl Burgin Tory has to "involve" himself in the shuffle. He's a mayoral candidate, now. If he didn't, he'd be accused of all sorts of other things, like not having the backbone it takes to wade into the political waters.

      Unlike certain candidates, you can probably be sure that any communications that come from Tory have been well thought out in advance. Other candidates do "knee-jerk". That's not Tory's style.
  8. DW posted on 02/27/2014 11:41 PM
    Since when did the Mayoralty become a tag team?

    Who elected Doug Ford to be anything other than Councillor for anything more than Ward 2?
  9. enough posted on 02/28/2014 12:37 AM
    was it not reported recently the police had retained Lisi's full phone records? the press reported that both Ford's and Lisi's camp were concerned?
    might explain the tough defensive stance by Ford
    he might sense a police pressure coming
  10. Karl Burgin posted on 02/28/2014 10:06 AM
    This could have all been avoided if the Toronto police wasn't investigating...
    If they knew that they had to investigate the mayor, then it should have been the OPP or the RCMP.

    I listened to Rob Ford when he did an interview on AM 640- and he is entirely right in this regard also. The spiel he made was not meant for public consumption- but it was released as though it was. It was taken entirely out of context- and the chief should understand that.

    And what no one is seemingly realizing, is that the media is the one now who is shifting all the gears and levers.
    They were the one who thought it to be in everyone's best interest to release another video of the mayor- for ratings and dollars.
    They are the one's who were pushing Blair to say something- ANYTHING- during the first press conference with the alleged crack video. The chief blinked- and that was enough to get the ball rolling.
    The media are the one that is trying to create some WWE fight match between the mayor and the chief. I commend the mayor for not initially saying anything when he was hounded by the media. Unfortunately, the chief doesn't seem to smart- and he blabbered yet again.
    There is a reason why the complaint by Doug Ford is being taken seriously by whatever independent review panel that will review the police chief.

    I may have forgiven chief Blair for the first gaff back in October- but not this time. If you got something on Ford, storm his office and arrest him. If you don't, leave the man alone. If you require assistance, or need to remove the "conflict-of-interest' bit altogether, bring in another police division.
    Things cannot keep going the way things are, and the mayor gets all the blame for this. And someone should be holding the media's feet to the fire for this predicament as well.
  11. Brad Mccrorie posted on 03/26/2014 08:42 PM
    Are police chief Bill Blair keeps breaking the law why is this man still in power. The G 20 Toronto citizens not even participating were arrested and not charged with any crime and held for over 48 hours hundreds of people at the G 20 we detained in the pouring rain with armed weapons pointed toward them point. Bill Blair has ordered more man-hours for surveillance and harassment to to incriminate the mayor of Toronto. Who put our police chief Blair up to this what kind of deals or promises were made to our police chief to make these attacks on our mayor in Toronto. Bill Blair and some of counsel in the city of Toronto should be arrested and charged with harassment
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