Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has returned to “work” after two months of “intensive treatment” for drug and alcohol abuse.
Rob Ford held a press conference on Monday to apologize for his recent behaviour and kickstart his mayoral campaign – and by press conference I mean he took no questions and much of the media was locked outside.
Ford may not have learned how to control his addiction in rehab, but he certainly picked up a few buzzwords:
“Thanks to my treatment, I can proudly say today that I have begun the process of taking control of my life,” he said in a small, crowded room at City Hall, filled with about two dozen journalists.
“But folks, this is a long, long road to recovery. But no matter what I do I will never be able to change the mistakes I made in the past.”
“I am ashamed and humiliated. I have no one to blame but myself. I want to sincerely apologize to not just the people of Toronto but every single person who was hurt by my words or my actions.”
With his two-month stint at a rehab facility in Ontario’s Muskoka region (aka the Ford Family cottage) completed and the heartfelt apology out of the way, Rob Ford is now back on the campaign trail, brushing aside repeated calls to quit the mayoral race.
Seen decked out in Canada Day garb and handing out miniature Canadian flags and magnets at the East York Canada Day parade, Ford shook hands with supporters while enduring some heckling by others.
Perhaps the campaign trail isn’t the most conducive environment for a recovering drug addict or alcoholic… The best thing Torontonians can to help Rob Ford with his health issue is to relieve him of the stress of public office – but given that the latest polls show the mayor’s popularity has actually risen during his two-month stint in rehab and he is now only 7 percentage points behind frontrunner Olivia Chow, it seems Torontonians haven’t had their fill of crack scandals just yet.