Doug Ford says drug allegations against him are 'not true'
Published Saturday, May 25, 2013 11:29AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 25, 2013 10:10PM EDT
Toronto Coun. Doug Ford says “there is no truth” to allegations that he once dealt hashish.
In an interview with CTV Toronto’s Ashley Rowe, Ford denied a Globe and Mail report in which 10 unnamed sources say he sold the drug for several years during the 1980s.
The Globe said its sources include two former hashish suppliers, three “street-level” drug dealers and some “casual” users of the drug.
“There is no truth to it. Very simple,” Ford said Saturday.
“I don’t believe in drugs, I don’t condone drugs, I don’t use drugs.”
Ford lashed out at the Globe, saying the report is a “disgusting allegation they can’t back up.”
“Is this the best they have after two years and so-called investigative journalism?” he said in an earlier interview with CP24.
Ford said his family has become the target of intense media scrutiny.
“They go out there and they want to write these stories. They want to try and ruin our family,” he said. “They want to go after the character of our family.”
He also called the Globe’s editor-in-chief, John Stackhouse, a “disgusting human being.”
“You want me to come out and say I smoked a marijuana joint? Yes, I did. Does that satisfy you?” he said. “I do not condone drugs. I do not use drugs. I wouldn’t know crack cocaine if it was sitting on the table.”
The Globe report was published a day after Ford’s brother, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, broke his silence to say he does not use crack cocaine.
For more than a week, the mayor avoided addressing published reports that alleged he was seen smoking from a glass pipe in a cellphone video.
“I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine,” the mayor told reporters at city hall Friday.
Reports of the alleged video first surfaced on U.S. website Gawker, and later in the Toronto Star.
Both media outlets said they had viewed a video that appears to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine.
The existence and content of the video has not been verified by CTV News.
Doug Ford accused the media Saturday of “going after” his family’s character. He said he and his brother have devoted their lives to public service and have a great record at city hall.
He said it should be up to the people to decide whether or not they’re doing a good job, and that he and the mayor would be willing to face an election tomorrow.
“Why don’t we go to the people? I’d be willing tomorrow to step down and go to the people. Rob would be willing to go to the people tomorrow,” Ford told CP24. “If the council wants, why don’t we call an overall election?
“Let’s put this to bed: let the people be the judge and jury.”
The Globe report describes interviews with several unidentified people who said they either purchased hash directly from Ford, supplied him with it, or witnessed him handling the drug.
The newspaper notes it did not find anything on the public record that shows Doug Ford was ever criminally charged for illegal drug possession or trafficking.
The paper also says Ford's brother, Randy, was involved in the drug trade, and was once charged in relation to a drug-related kidnapping.
The Fords' sister Kathy is also mentioned as the subject of media scrutiny over the years because she has been linked to a number of "bizarre, violent and sensational incidents."
The Globe also published a letter to readers from Stackhouse, who said the report was the result of an 18-month investigation by two reporters.
He said the information that was published is in the public’s interest because the mayor and his brother “hold sway over much of the city’s business and have influence on a range of public affairs, including policing” and citizens “deserve to understand the moral record of their leaders.”
Stackhouse also noted that the brothers have campaigned on anti-drug platforms and spoken out against drug-related crime.
In a phone interview with CP24, Stackhouse said the Globe did not name its sources because they were “afraid” to be identified.
“They do not want to put their names on the record because they believe there will be repercussions from powerful people connected with the Fords.”
Meanwhile, Doug Ford said he isn’t ruling out taking legal action, but is hesitant due to how long the process would take.