Rob Ford won't resign after crack admission

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted and apologized twice Tuesday for smoking crack cocaine, but said he won't step aside.

"Folks, I have nothing left to hide," Ford said at a highly-anticipated press conference Tuesday afternoon in the mayor's office.

"The past is the past and we must move forward. These mistakes will never, ever, ever happen again."

Ford stressed he loves his job and won't quit.

"I was elected to do a job, and that's exactly what I'm going to keep doing," he said.

"I will continue to deliver on that commitment of saving taxpayers' money," he added.

"I sincerely, sincerely, sincerely apologize. God bless the people of Toronto."

Ford's stunning admission he's smoked crack came earlier in the day after months of denying he's on video smoking what appears to be crack and after last week's revelation from Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair that cops have found the notorious video.

As he arrived at city hall on Tuesday, Ford turned to face reporters and encouraged them to ask him if he's ever smoked crack.

"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," Ford said. "Am I an addict? No.

"Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago."

Ford admitted he's "made mistakes."

"All I can do now is apologize and move on," he said. "All I can say is I've made mistakes."

"There has been times when I have been in a drunken stupor; that's why I want to see the tape."

The mayor said he wants everyone in the city to see the video.

"I don't even recall there being a tape and a video," he said.

"I wasn't lying; you didn't ask the correct questions. No, I am not an addict. No, I do not do drugs. I've made mistakes in the past and all I can do is apologize, but it is what it is.

"All I can do is apologize to my family, my friends, my colleagues and the people of this great city."

The stunning admission comes days after Ford apologized for two cases of public drunkenness and vowed to curb his drinking.

Back in May, Ford denied he used crack.

"I do not use crack cocaine nor am I an addict of crack cocaine," he said at the time.

Toronto Police Const. Wendy Drummond said Ford's revelation will be passed on to officers.

"The information is being passed on to investigators," Drummond said in an e-mail Tuesday.

Follow our Sun Media reporters as they report live from City Hall.


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