Move over Drake, Toronto’s got a new icon.
By now you’ve probably heard the news about Toronto’s embattled mayor, Rob Ford, and his admission that he kinda, maybe smoked crack once. This comes just months after denying that a cell phone video of the incident even existed, even though reporters from Gawker and the Toronto Star had both witnessed it before it’s disappearance. Ford refuted the claims saying they were ridiculous. The 3 men in the only image released, were either arrested or killed. And one of Ford’s closest associates was arrested on seperate charges. Gawker’s “crackstarter” campaign failed to produce the video despite meeting its goal. And then silence. Until about a week ago when the Toronto Police Service confirmed they indeed had the video in question.
The truth would soon be revealed.
Fast forward to the present day, and his admission comes as almost no surprise. In fact, Torontonians have grown accustomed to Rob Ford making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
And in true Rob Ford style, he remains in office with no plans to resign.
It’s incredible when the head of the board of education steps down for plagiarism while a crack smoking mayor is allowed to continue running the most influential city in the country.
Toronto is a funny place indeed.
For that reason, we’ve decided to celebrate this massive miscarriage of justice with a best of list.
Below, we’ve collected some of the best quotes from Rob Ford’s last few years in office. Quotes so offensive and audacious you might wonder if he was on crack the entire time.
Is He On Crack? 10 Infamous Rob Ford Quotes:
On Funding LGBTQ Programs:
“I don’t understand. Number one, I don’t understand a transgender. I don’t understand. Is it a guy dressed up like a girl, or a girl dressed up like a guy? And we’re funding this for – I don’t know, what does it say here – we’re giving them $3,210?”
On A Homeless Shelter In His Neighbourhood:
“This is an insult to my constituents to even think about having a shelter in my ward!”
On Procuring The Drug Oxycontin:
“I’ll try, buddy, I’ll try. I don’t know this shit, but I’ll fucking try to find it. Why don’t you go on the street and score it? Fuck, you know, I don’t know any drug dealers at all.”
On Public Health:
“If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get AIDS probably, that’s bottom line… those are the facts.”
“Those Oriental people work like dogs. They work their hearts out. They are workers non-stop. They sleep beside their machines. That’s why they’re successful in life. I went to Seoul, South Korea, I went to Taipei, Taiwan. I went to Tokyo, Japan. That’s why these people are so hard workers. I’m telling you, the Oriental people, they’re slowly taking over.”
On The Infamous Crack Video:
Before: “I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist.”
After: “Whatever this video shows, folks, Toronto residents deserve to see and people need to judge for themselves what they see on this video.”
On Cyclists On City Streets:
“Cyclists are a pain in the ass.”
On Cyclists Being Killed By Motorists:
“My heart bleeds for them when someone gets killed. But it’s their own fault at the end of the day.”
On Expanding Local Transit:
“I cannot support taxing the taxpayer.”
On Subways vs Streetscars:
“People want subways, folks… subways, subways. They don’t want these damn streetcars blocking up our city!”
As a bonus we’ve included this hilarious clip where Jon Stewart addresses the issue in his opening monologue.
Do you have any outrageous Rob Ford Quotes we might have missed? Let us know in the comments.
Image via: Miami-Dade Police Department