Toronto Mayor Rob Ford runs for re-election

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford officially shows his passport to a city clerk on 2 January 2014 Rob Ford said it was for the voters ultimately to deliver their verdict

Related Stories

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who admitted to once smoking crack cocaine while in a "drunken stupor", has filed re-election papers.

Putting his name on the ballot to run for another term, Mr Ford revealed his new campaign slogan: "Ford more years".

"I've got the strongest track record," he told journalists. "I've been the best mayor this city has ever had."

He is the sole candidate so far for the 27 October municipal election, but rivals are expected to challenge him.

The conservative mayor was first elected in 2010 to lead Canada's largest city on a pledge to tackle wasteful spending at city hall.

He said it was for the voters ultimately to deliver their verdict on his personal problems.

'Track record'

He told reporters on Thursday: "My track record speaks for itself. We've got the lowest taxes than any other major city in North America.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: In his own words

"The city is absolutely booming... I've dealt with the issues that other mayors couldn't deal with."

Mr Ford put Toronto in the international spotlight in November when he admitted having once smoked crack cocaine "in a drunken stupor".

In the fallout from the drug scandal, political opponents stripped Mr Ford of most of his mayoral powers as he insisted he would run for office again.

He has brushed aside pressure to quit and remains popular in some of Toronto's more conservative suburban areas.

Allegations have also surfaced in police documents that Mr Ford used racially abusive language, threatened staff, sexually propositioned a female colleague and snorted cocaine in a restaurant.

He denies the claims.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More US & Canada stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Sunflowers.Show your colours

    Submit photos of your colourful life for a chance to be featured on BBC Travel

Programmes

  • Man dancingClick Watch

    Searching for the DNA of dance music – the quest to find the perfect party anthem

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.