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article imageRob Ford tells Conrad Black he would do a drug test

By Mike White     Dec 9, 2013 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to smoking crack cocaine, had many powers taken away from him by city council and faced charges of the excessive use of alcohol, has said he would submit to a drug test to prove he is clean.
Ford made the comments to Conrad Black, on the fallen former media baron's Vision TV show, CBC reported.
"If they want me to do a drug test, a urine test, I'll do one right now," Ford told Black in an interview that will be aired today 9 p.m. ET. "If there's any drugs in my system, any alcohol in my system. I have no problem doing that test."
Black told Mayor Ford there would be no need for such a test.
The quote from Ford came from a short excerpt of the interview that was posted on the website of Vision TV. The full interview has been scheduled to air today.
Besides the allegations facing Ford, many of his powers were stripped from him by Toronto City Council. Council voted to remove his authority during emergencies, took away his power to hire and fire the deputy mayor and took away his authority to members to his executive committee.
The motions, which passed 41-2 and 39-3, will severely limit Mayor Ford's power during his remaining 11 months in office.
The mayor has made news outside of Canada. He has been the subject of ridicule on late night television shows in the United States.
Black was born in Montreal and was convicted in the United States in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice. He was freed from an American prison in 2012. The media baron has posted a video editorial on Vision's website claiming the "piling on" against Ford by the media has been "excessive."
"He was elected mayor of Toronto and those who do not like his style will be free to vote against him if he runs again," Black commented.
The National Post reported the interview lasted 40 minutes and was conducted Friday.
Black said Ford is a "very nice man" and is not a "bad influence" on youth. He said he is considering supporting the mayor for reelection.
Two days before the interview was conducted, new police allegations against Mayor Ford were released. The allegations claimed the mayor new about the "crack video" about him before he claimed he did not know it existed, that he sought to buy the video and that gang members claimed they had seen him use hard drugs many times.
Yahoo News reported that Ford last month admitted to smoking crack during one of his "drunken stupors."
Picture of the year 2013 - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford responds to the Toronto police investigation dubbe...
Picture of the year 2013 - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford responds to the Toronto police investigation dubbed "Project Brazen 2" to the media at City Hall in Toronto, October 31, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Mark Blinch
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