'I am not a criminal': Rob Ford

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford listens to closing remarks during the first TV debate at CITY-TV on March...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford listens to closing remarks during the first TV debate at CITY-TV on March 26, 2014. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:35 PM ET

TORONTO — Mayor Rob Ford on Friday adamantly declared he’s “not a criminal.”

In a lengthy interview with CBC’s Metro Morning, Ford was pressed about his admitted crack cocaine use and his refusal to co-operate with the ongoing police investigation that’s focused on him.

Host Matt Galloway asked Ford why residents should trust anything he says given his “criminal behaviour.”

“I’m not a criminal, and if you’re going to make those accusations of me being a criminal there is not much sense in moving ahead because I haven’t been charged with anything,” Ford said.

“What I’ve said from Day 1 is if I’m gonna get charged, charge me. If there is a tape out there, release it, and how much does this investigation cost? And I want answers to that.”

“But don’t call me a criminal Matt because I’m not a criminal.”

Galloway pointed out Ford has admitted to buying illegal drugs and smoking crack.

“Do you think that those behaviours should be considered alongside the rest of your record?” he asked.

Ford said that’s “part of it,” but argued people are becoming “numb” to the scandal.

“I’m in the lead (in the mayor’s race) and if people want to judge me on my personal life, go right ahead,” Ford said.

Ford refused to say whether he was buying illegal drugs when he was caught in police surveillance.

“I haven’t been charged,” he said. “Why are we rehashing this again?”

Asked why he hasn’t accepted an invitation to speak with Project Brazen 2 investigators or to watch the crack video, Ford said he’s acting on advice from his lawyer, Dennis Morris, and encouraged Galloway to talk to him.

“This is a legal question you’re asking, I’m not a lawyer,” Ford said.

The mayor went on to question why other councillors don’t have to talk about their personal issues.

“Because they haven’t smoked crack and because they’re not the mayor,” Galloway said.

Galloway asked Ford if he would step aside if he was charged with a crime.

“I’m not here to talk about hypothetical questions,” he said.

During the interview, Ford agreed that trust is “absolutely” an essential part of being mayor and argued he can be trusted.

“People can trust me with their hard-earned tax dollars,” he said.

“I will guarantee there will never be a scandal at City Hall with me involved in stealing one cent of taxpayers’ money like there is at the province and there is in Ottawa with the Senate.”


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