Ford stripped of more powers, declares 'war' on council

Mayor Rob Ford mocks Coun. Paul Ainslie with drinking-and-driving gestures, Nov. 18, 2013. (Craig...

Mayor Rob Ford mocks Coun. Paul Ainslie with drinking-and-driving gestures, Nov. 18, 2013. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 11:27 PM ET

TORONTO -- Mayor Rob Ford declared war on Toronto city council Monday.

Councillors voted overwhelmingly to strip Ford of most of his remaining powers, slash his mayor's office budget and cut his staff in the wake of his ongoing crack cocaine scandal.

An irate Ford left councillors with a warning before the unprecedented vote to politically neuter him.

"This folks, reminds me of when I was watching with my brother when Saddam attacked Kuwait and President (George H.W.) Bush said, 'I warn you, I warn you, I warn you, do not'," Ford told council. "Well, folks, if you think American-style politics is nasty, you guys have just attacked Kuwait.

"Mark my words friends, this is going to be outright war in the next election and I'm going to do everything in my power to beat you guys."

Ford called the vote a "coup d'etat" and argued council was kicking him out of his own office.

Ford plans to stand for re-election next year, and told Fox News on Sunday that he hopes to run for prime minister one day.

According to an article on CNN’s website, the network, which is planning to air an interview with Mayor Ford on Monday night, also spoke with Doug Ford, who addressed allegations he trafficked drugs in the 1980s.

Doug Ford denied a report published in May by The Globe and Mail that he sold hashish for several years in the 1980s. But he said he did offer small quantities of marijuana to friends.

“Thirty-one years ago. I smoked marijuana. I didn’t deal marijuana. If you want to go calling, you know, going to your buddy and saying, ‘Here is a joint for 10 bucks.’ If that’s what you want to call (dealing), so be it,” he said, according to CNN.

- With files from Reuters

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford mocks councillor Paul Ainslie with a drinking and driving mime on Monday November 18, 2013. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

 

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