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Updated: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:02:03 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Rob Ford on crack, then and now



Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses media at City Hall in Toronto, Tuesday, Nov.5, 2013. Ford has offered another emotional apology for his "mistakes" but says he loves his job and has no plans to step aside. Chris Young/Canadian Press

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses media at City Hall in Toronto, Tuesday, Nov.5, 2013. Ford has offered another emotional apology for his "mistakes" but says he loves his job and has no plans to step aside. Chris Young/Canadian Press

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's stunning admission that he smoked crack cocaine stands in contrast with his previous tough stance on the drug.

In a 2005 interview with CBC's Evan Solomon, Ford — then a city councillor — called for the pursuit of drug dealers and importers, saying harm reduction sites simply did not work.

"If [crack is] as highly addictive as everyone's saying, they'll go crazy for it," he said, noting the best option for drug treatment is rehab.

Watch excerpts from the 2005 interview, as well as Ford's Tuesday confession that he has smoked crack cocaine.

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