Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford has announced he’s taking a leave of absence to seek treatment for alcohol addiction, the latest in a long line of headline-grabbing public statements by Ford.
As Ford takes time off to clean up, now’s a good opportunity to relive some of his most outrageous one-liners.
“It’s very preventable. If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get AIDS probably, that’s bottom line.” – Ford’s reported controversial comments about AIDS in 2006.
“I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.” - Ford’s initial denial of drug allegations in May.
“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. Probably in one of my drunken stupors.” – Ford backtracked and admitted smoking crack in November 2013.
“I have no reason to resign.” – Ford said this directly after police announced they had video appearing to show Ford smoking from a crack pipe in October 2013.
“I’m happily married. I’ve got more than enough to eat at home.” – Ford’s famous response to accusations that he made comments about oral sex with a woman who’s not his wife in November 2013.
“I’m serving people. I’m saving taxpayers money. And you know what, I made mistakes, I drank too much, I smoked some crack sometime. What can I say? I made a mistake, I’m human.” – Ford at a Toronto toy drive in November 2013.
“Women love money. You give them a couple thousand bucks and they’re happy.” – Ford discussing Christmas presents on a Washington radio show in December 2013.
“If someone would have said, came up to me and said, ‘Have you ever smoked crack? Have you ever smoked weed?’ I would have said, ‘Yeah, I have.’" – Ford on his honesty policies in an interview with CNN in November 2013.
“Bumbaclot, mon.” – Ford was captured on video in a fast food restaurant, speaking in a Jamaican accent during an odd rant in January.
“Look at me – I’m a lot thinner. It’s about living a healthier life.” – Ford on moving past his crack scandal in a March interview with CBC News.
“I’m so f---ing sick of politics, dude.” – Ford is reportedly heard cursing and making crude comments about another politician in a new recording obtained by The Toronto Sun.