Toronto Councillor Doug Ford says his brother Mayor Rob Ford is doing “fabulous” in rehab, and plans on returning to campaign for re-election – though he acknowledges he’s not sure when that might happen.
Doug Ford said he saw his brother this past weekend at the Muskoka rehab facility where he’s seeking treatment for substance abuse, and that “everything’s positive. He enjoys working out. He enjoys feeling healthy, says he’s feeling healthier than he has in a long time … you’re going to see a new Rob Ford when he comes back.”
Doug Ford, who’s also serving as his brother’s campaign manager, said “it’s not 100 per cent yet” when the mayor may return, but said “hopefully he’ll be back in the next four, five weeks. We’ll see.”
The mayor has been seeking treatment for “problems with alcohol” ever since The Globe and Mail disclosed three weeks ago the existence of a second videotape that appears to show him smoking crack cocaine.
The embattled Toronto mayor once again made headlines last week, after a Muskoka woman was arrested for impaired driving behind the wheel of his Cadillac Escalade.
Police have said that the woman, 36-year-old Lee Anne McRobb, was given permission to drive the car, but it’s still unknown how she knows the mayor.
On Tuesday, Doug Ford said he’s never met the woman, and that he did not ask the mayor about her during their visit. “I didn’t get into it. I stayed positive,” he said.
Doug Ford also said that he does not know what happened to the licence plates on the Escalade, which have been removed. Both police and the tow-truck company deny removing them.
“All I know is when we show up, those plates better be on the car,” the councillor said. “If the plates aren’t there, then there will be another issue here.”
The councillor also commented on Monday night’s mayoral debate, which took place without Mr. Ford.
“Without Rob Ford there, it was a dismal debate,” he said. “It shows the weakness of the two leading contenders that they’re just flat. Wait until Rob Ford get into the debate, and you’re going to see things gear up.”