New Rob Ford video shows Toronto mayor speaking in Jamaican patois
Rob Ford seen in a video that appears to have been taken without his knowledge. YouTube
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen imitating a Jamaican accent and speaking in patois in a new video posted to YouTube today.
In what appears to be the Steak Queen restaurant at 345 Rexdale Blvd. in Etobicoke, Ford is seen standing at the service counter speaking to a group of people. The owner of the YouTube account where the video was posted claims it shows the mayor is intoxicated.
Ford is wearing a red tie in the video, similar to the tie he wore on Monday.
Throughout much of the 1:06-minute video, titled "New Video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Drunk, Swearing in Jamaican Patois," Ford attempts to use Jamaican slang, using the word "bumbaclot" — profanity in patois — at least four times.
The video also contains English profanity.
He is speaking to what appears to be staff at the restaurant about "counter-surveillance."
The video ends with Ford getting take-out food, saying "I'm a straight up guy," while staff compared him to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Reporters showed the video to Coun. Doug Ford and questioned him about it on Tuesday.
“I’m not too sure what this video is about,” he said.
After watching a portion of the video on a cellphone, Coun. Ford said that it was “obviously” the mayor though he didn’t think it was recorded on Monday evening.
Ford, 44, is running for re-election this fall, seeking a second term in office as Toronto's mayor.
His three-plus years in office have been controversial, with the mayor often finding himself under scrutiny for his work at city hall and his private life.
Last spring, reports emerged that someone had been shopping a video of Ford, showing him smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine.
Ford denied the reports for months, but Toronto police revealed in October that they had obtained a video file that was consistent with what the media had reported.
In November, Ford then admitted to having smoked crack cocaine. That same month, he also admitted to having purchased illegal drugs while serving as mayor, as well as to having been drunk in public.
Amid these admissions and related apologies, city council moved to limit some of the mayor’s powers, a move that infuriated Ford who compared the situation to when Iraq invaded Kuwait.
A few days after the mayor admitted to smoking crack cocaine, a bizarre video surfaced showing Ford ranting and swearing.
The video, which the Toronto Star paid to obtain, included footage of the mayor talking about wanting "to kill" someone.
Ford said he was "extremely, extremely inebriated," though he did not explain the circumstances under which it was recorded.
Ford’s drug-related scandal made headlines around the world and drew foreign reporters to Toronto City Hall as the details trickled out.
Prior to being elected mayor in 2010, Ford had served as a city councillor for a ward in Etobicoke, the Toronto suburb where he lives with his family.
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