Rob Ford on skipping Pride: 'I can't change who I am'

Mayor Rob Ford and David Soknacki during the mayoral debate at University of Toronto Scarborough...

Mayor Rob Ford and David Soknacki during the mayoral debate at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus in Toronto on February 5, 2014. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

TORONTO - Don't expect to see Mayor Rob Ford marching in Toronto's Pride parade if he's re-elected.

In the first debate of the 2014 election on Wednesday night, Ford made it crystal clear he won't embrace Pride.

"I am not going to go to Pride. I've never been to a Pride Parade. So I’m not going to change the way I am,” Ford told around 150 people during a debate at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.

The mayor has refused to march in the Pride parade throughout his term and had always blamed it on a family tradition to go to the cottage on the Canada Day weekend.

Only five mayoral candidates were at Wednesday night's debate including Ford, former councillor David Soknacki, Al Gore, Richard Underhill and Robb Johannes.

Despite the debate taking place in Scarborough, the topic of the Scarborough subway barely came up.

Ford claimed the subway was already being built while Soknacki repeated his opposition to the Bloor-Danforth line expansion and his support for returning to the Scarborough LRT plan.

Some students expressed disappointment the line of questioning wasn’t focused on transit.


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