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.
Mayor Rob Ford told the Toronto Sun: "I feel like I got 1,000 pounds off my back. I felt I had to say it. It is what is. I feel two inches high right now but I needed to deal with it. I am not going to quit or take a leave."
"I am not an addict or an alcoholic. I have work to do and I am moving on. The way I see it now, this is over."
Despite admitting that he smoked crack cocaine Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has said that he was elected to do a job and he will continue to do it.
In a speech which many had assumed would signal his resignation the mayor apologised but said that voters would have the chance to make the decision about whether they wanted him to remain in next year's scheduled election.
Mr Ford said: "With today's announcement I know I embarrassed everyone in this city and I will be forever sorry. There's only one person to blame for this and that is myself.
"I can't explain how difficult this was to do I hope, I hope, that nobody but nobody has to go through what I have gone through.
"I know I have to regain your trust and your confidence. I love my job, and I love this city, love saving tax payers money and I love being your Mayor. For the sake of the tax payers of this great city, for the sake of the tax payers, we must get back to work, immediately.
"I was elected to do a job and that's exactly what I'm going to continue doing. I sincerely, sincerely, sincerely apologise."
Mr Ford's final words were greeted with laughter, as he finished his speech saying: "God bless the people of Toronto."