The Canadian mayor at the centre of a drug and alcohol scandal has apologised for smoking crack cocaine and promised never to make the same mistakes.
Rob Ford who is mayor of Toronto – Canada’s largest city – has been weathering a damaging media storm since May.
In what was expected would be his resignation announcement an emotional Ford surprised many by refusing to quit.
“I was elected to do a job and that’s exactly what I’m going to continue doing. In 2010 I made a commitment to Toronto voters. I have delivered on that commitment and I will continue to deliver on that commitment of saving tax payer’s money,” said Mayor Rob Ford in a televised statement.
Until now Ford has steadfastly denied the drug allegations and expressed his anger at being pursued by the press, telling reporters to get off his property when they turned up to question him.
However after police confirmed they had recovered a video that reportedly shows him smoking crack, Ford has finally admitted using the drug.