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Canada: Rob Ford era over after Toronto replaces disgraced mayor

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Canada: Rob Ford era over after Toronto replaces disgraced mayor

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The era of the controversial mayor of Toronto is over in Canada after voters rejected an attempt by his brother to take the city’s top job.

Rob Ford, who withdrew from the race after being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, was re-elected as an ordinary local councillor.

Afterwards his message to supporters was that he may be down – but he is not out.

“I guarantee in four more years you’re going to see another example of the Ford family never, ever, ever giving up,” Rob Ford said.

The new mayor is conservative John Tory who won a tighter-than-expected contest after riding a groundswell of “anyone but Ford” sentiment.

The former head of a media group finished nearly seven percentage points ahead of Ford’s brother Doug who had fought a populist campaign promising to cut taxes and end waste.

Rob Ford has undergone treatment for drugs and alcohol problems since achieving worldwide notoriety after being caught on video in a drunken rant, and admitting he had used crack cocaine in office.