Rob Ford wants to jump back in to mayoral race on Canada Day

In this photo taken by a fellow resident at the GreenStone addiction treatment facility, Mayor Rob...

In this photo taken by a fellow resident at the GreenStone addiction treatment facility, Mayor Rob Ford cools off in the GreenStone pool over the weekend.

Joe Warmington, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:30 AM ET

TORONTO -- Mayor Rob Ford is hoping to make a big splash in the election campaign and put his first toe in the water Sunday.

On the one-month-anniversary of entering rehab, Ford said he's "excited" about soon getting back to work and into the mayoral race.

"I can't wait to come back," he said. "I can't wait to get in there and debate Chow and Tory." And it won't be long, he said, until he does.

But one day at a time.

"I will be back, I guarantee you," he told me over the telephone from GreeneStone facility.

He said he "misses" the people of Toronto and is looking forward to trying to make amends for all that has happened in the soap opera surrounding him in the past year.

The mayor has some work to do when it comes to clearing up reported remarks that have been taken as homophobic, racist and misogynist. In the past, Ford has told me he did not even realize what was coming out of his mouth and that he was embarrassed about how it sounded on tapes I presented him.

He's hoping for another chance.

"I am coming back and you will see a different Rob Ford," he told me.

And he is already making plans.

"I will be leaving here at noon or so June 30 and be back for events July 1," he said. "I want to have time for a workout first and say goodbye to some people here. When you spend this kind of time with people you develop some friendships. They have been very good to me. But I should be home for 4 or 5 p.m."

Upbeat in tone, Ford said he misses his family and is anxious to come home.

"I was with my family on my birthday," he said. "My wife and kids came up and we went out together to Crabby Joe's. It was nice. It breaks your heart to have to say goodbye to them, so, yeah, that part has been a challenge."

For now, he said, he is happy working at his rehab program in Muskoka and "getting better." There is more work to do, he acknowledges.


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