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Mayor Rob Ford speaks briefly to the media at the entrance to his office at City Hall in Toronto on Oct. 31, 2013. (PETER POWER/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)
Mayor Rob Ford speaks briefly to the media at the entrance to his office at City Hall in Toronto on Oct. 31, 2013. (PETER POWER/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Prominent Canadians react to the Rob Ford allegations Add to ...

“If Mayor Ford truly has the city’s well-being at heart, he would step aside. Whatever the courts eventually decide, the circumstantial evidence is enough to constrain the mayor on any issue to the extent that managing the city’s affairs can only be harmed by his continuance in office.” – Jack Diamond, architect

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“To hear from our chief of police that there is a video is quite disappointing, quite troubling. [However,] the subways continue to run. Businesses continue to open and operate. No one’s calling up [the Toronto Financial Services Alliance] and saying, ‘We’re not interested any more.’ Life is carrying on.” –Janet Ecker, head of the TFSA and a former provincial Tory cabinet minister

“I always worry when I see anything that can increase people’s level of cynicism in government and politics, because I know that every single person who goes into politics does it because they love their place. I just hope people will remember that as this story plays out.” – Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, speaking to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

“It’s a big distraction from important issues. It’s not good for democracy.” – Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson

“I think it is going to be very difficult for him to continue, but he deserves time to read all the documents and digest the contents. One thing is clear: we can’t carry on this way. Our Toronto deserves much better than this.” – John Tory, radio host, former Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader and potential future candidate for mayor

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