In the wake of Rob Ford’s stunning admission that he has smoked crack cocaine, even the Mayor’s most ardent supporters have called for him to resign.
Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East) said he plans to put forth a motion at City Council calling for the Mayor to step down because, he says, Ford is an embarrassment to the city.
“He has lost the moral authority to lead,” Coun. Minnan-Wong said to assembled media at city hall. His voice was only one among a chorus of voices, from both within and outside city hall, calling for Ford’s resignation.
Outside of city hall the calls only grew louder Tuesday afternoon as a protest spontaneously formed at Nathan Phillips Square.
Some protestors, sporting masks from the activist group Anonymous led a protest calling for the Mayor to step down.
Earlier Tuesday the Mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford of (Ward 2 Etobicoke North) defended his brother, charging that Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair harboured a bias against the Mayor.
“[Blair] is the most political police chief we’ve ever had,” said Coun. Doug Ford to assembled at city hall. “[He] needs to step down immediately.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, reporters were crowded outside Ford’s office awaiting another statement from the mayor.