Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who is still suffering the fallout from his admission to smoking crack cocaine, danced his troubles away to Bob Marley during a musical interlude on the council floor Tuesday.
Ford, who conceded last month that he had purchased and used illegal drugs before
, was caught on video with the rest of the Toronto council kicking up his heels as a jazz trio performed "One Love" and "Christmas Carol Blues."
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"I like Bob Marley, I like dancing, I like having a good time," the mayor said Thursday on "Sports Junkies," a radio show on the Washington, D.C.-based station 106.7 The Fan.
According to the Toronto Sun, "the council musical interlude
was modeled after a similar initiative at the Austin, Texas, city council where artists perform music to promote the local industry."
But some members of the council thought the dance break was silly and distracted the panel from accomplishing any real work.
"Right now, under the kind of microscope that we're under, it just seems to me that we’re not taking it very seriously, the whole world is looking at us," Councillor Pam McConnell told the Sun. "Now being able to show the Toronto city council boogying around instead of doing business just feeds into that late-night show comedy act."
Councillor Mark Grimes agreed.
"This seems to be the norm now," he said. "This has turned into the greatest show on earth. It is crazy, every day is something different. ... This can’t keep going on, there are a lot of important issues we have to deal with, there is a new year coming, hopefully things are going to stabilize down here [and] we'll get on to what we’re really here for — the city issues that face us everyday."
After months of speculation, Ford, 44, infamously told a group of reporters last month that he had smoked crack before.
"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," he said at the time. "But, no, do I? Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors. Probably approximately about a year ago. … Yes, I've made mistakes. All I can do now is apologize and move on."
After his confession, the council voted to strip Ford of some of his mayoral powers
and to reduce his staff. The mayor, however, has vowed not to resign.
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