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Quotable Quotes – Mayor Rob Ford goes to court

- September 6th, 2012

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Mayor Rob Ford runs past reporters as he leaves court Wednesday (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

It’s not every day the mayor of Canada’s largest city takes the stand and testifies in open court (story here). Here’s a rundown of some of the quotable quotes from Mayor Rob Ford’s testimony on Wednesday:

“We deal with millions of dollars and I watch the money,” Mayor Rob Ford told the court.

“I’m sure you watch the money,” Clayton Ruby responded.

 

At one point Ruby asked Ford if he had ever read the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

“I’ve never read that before,” Ford said.

“You have to have read it,” Ruby said, adding they read it at Ford’s deposition in June.

“You read it to me, but I haven’t read it,” Ford said.

 

Ruby asked Ford if he would agree he had a “special responsibility” to lead in the area of conflict of interest legislation. Ford disagreed.

“I just get one vote, I’m just one member of council,” the mayor said. “I don’t consider myself special.”
Ford added that he can’t be responsible for 44 members of council.

 

“He disagrees with the integrity commissioner, so what?” Ford’s lawyer Alan Lenczner objecting to one of Ruby’s questions.

 

“Sir, with all due respect I don’t see what page we’re on,” Ford to Ruby when during his testimony they literally were not on the same page.

 

After listing a number of integrity commissioner reports critical of Ford, Ruby asks if they bother him.

“Do you find it embarrassing to have all these reports criticizing you?” Ruby asked.

“I’m not embarrassed about my job or what I (do), my political career I think I’ve done very well at it,” Ford responded.
“I don’t believe I had a conflict of interest on that day,” Ford to court on the Feb. 7 council meeting.

 

“In my opinion, municipal politics has hit an all-time low. They are obviously upset with the election results,” Councillor Doug Ford on AM640’s Arlene Bynon Show after Wednesday’s hearing