Skip to main content
Welcome to
super saver spring
offer ends april 20
save over $140
save over 85%
per week for 24 weeks
Welcome to
super saver spring
per week
for 24 weeks
// //

In an appearance on talk radio, AM640 host John Oakley asked Mr. Ford: ‘Have you used crack?’ Mr. Ford replied: ‘Johnny, listen, I’m not a drug addict, I’m not an alcoholic. … I can assure you, Johnny, I do not use drugs.’

Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted on Tuesday that he has smoked crack cocaine.

Mr. Ford has been asked about his drug use ever since reports surfaced in May of a video that allegedly shows him smoking crack cocaine. The mayor tended to frame his answers in the present tense.

"I wasn't lying," he told reporters on Tuesday. "You didn't ask the correct questions. No, I'm not an addict and no, I do not do drugs."

Story continues below advertisement

Here's a look at some of Mr. Ford's past comments about drug use:

May 17: "It's just ridiculous," he said the day after the video stories broke. "It's another Toronto Star...", he said before driving away.

May 24: "I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine," he told a news conference.

May 30: In a scrum with journalists, a reporter asked Mr. Ford: "Have you done any illegal drugs since you've been mayor?" Mr. Ford responded: "Anything else?"

June 13: Mr. Ford continued his practice of refusing to discuss the alleged video: "I've answered so many questions," he told reporters. "I don't know if you guys can't get it through your thick skulls. Seriously?"

Nov. 4: In an appearance on talk radio, AM640 host John Oakley asked Mr. Ford: "Have you used crack?" Mr. Ford replied: "Johnny, listen, I'm not a drug addict, I'm not an alcoholic. … I can assure you, Johnny, I do not use drugs."

With a report from Stephanie Chambers

Your Globe

Build your personal news feed

  1. Follow topics and authors relevant to your reading interests.
  2. Check your Following feed daily, and never miss an article. Access your Following feed from your account menu at the top right corner of every page.

Follow the author of this article:

View more suggestions in Following Read more about following topics and authors
Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to
Comments are closed

We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons or for abuse. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies