Embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been stripped of most of his remaining powers as he refuses to quit following revelations that he smoked crack cocaine and threatened to murder someone. During the debate he appeared to push a female councillor.
Toronto's beleaguered mayor Rob Ford has told NBC's Today show: "They are not going to find another Rob Ford".
Ford, who eventually admitted smoking crack cocaine after a video surfaced of him doing it, told co-anchor Matt Lauer: "I can't even barely remember it. I was very, very inebriated".
Asked why he initially denied the allegations, Ford said he was asked by reporters, "'Do I use crack cocaine?' No, I don't use crack cocaine. No. Have I tried crack cocaine? Yes, I've tried crack cocaine".
He added: "I've embarrassed, not just myself, my family, my friends, my supporters, the whole city. I take full responsibility for that".
Ford, who faces an electoral race next year, said he "absolutely" still wants to be Toronto mayor, stating: "October 27 - let the people decide".
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has hit another setback after he pushed over a woman councillor during a heated council meeting.
He charged around the chamber after arguing with members of the public, before the speaker asked security to clear the chamber and a recess was called. Members of the public then chanted "Shame! Shame!" at the mayor.
The Mayor admits he has made mistakes, but says he remains ambitious, adding: "Have I had my outbursts in the past? Absolutely. But you know what, I'm only human. I've made mistakes. I've apologised."And he still covets the job.
"Yes, one day I do want to run for prime minister," he said.
Video shows Ford moving around the gallery and at one point he knocks over a woman councillor before picking her back up.
Mr Ford apologised over the expletive-ridden video earlier today, adding that he had been "very inebriated".
“He’s considering options,” Dennis Morris, the mayor’s lawyer and a long-time family friend, told The Globe and Mail in an interview Friday. “And we’ll stay tuned to see what he says in the next few days.”