In what CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield called a “public intervention,” embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted to his city council that he’d purchased drugs while serving in office, but refused to step down or even take a leave of absence.
The admission came after a council member had asked if Ford still maintained a zero tolerance policy toward drugs. The mayor’s affirmative response got a gasp from the audience, at which point the council member pressed Ford as to how he thought that policy might in any way relate to him.
Ford also battled members calling for him to at the very least take a leave of absence from his post.
“There is no need for me to take a leave of absence,” Ford said. “I’m returning my calls. I’m going to committees. I’m watching every single dime that’s being spent here. I’ve done it for thirteen years and going to continue doing it for another five years,” Ford said to scattered applause.
Watch the full clip below, via CNN:
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