Toronto: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford began a leave of absence and headed for a rehab center today after a report surfaced of second video of him apparently smoking crack cocaine.
His brother, Doug Ford, said the mayor boarded a plane and would enter a 30-day inpatient treatment at one of the best rehab facilities in North America when he lands. Speaking to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, Doug Ford declined to name the location of the facility. He didn`t return messages seeking comment.
A day after announcing his decision to take a leave, Ford left his west-end Toronto home in a two car-convoy without answering questions from reporters, leaving behind a trail of uncertainty about his re-election campaign and the political future of Canada`s largest city. His nephew was seen leaving the home with a suitcase.
One of Ford`s campaign rivals and other Toronto politicians demanded he resign. But in a statement yesterday, Ford said only that would take leave for an unspecified amount of time both his mayoral post and his election campaign.
Ford, who was elected four years ago on a wave of support from Toronto`s conservative suburbs, has for months been the subject of a drug-related police investigation, but he has not been charged with any crime. Toronto police said they were looking into the new video, which was reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper.
"I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence," Ford said in statement late Wednesday. "I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year. I know that I need professional help and I am now 100% committed to getting myself right."