Politicians had kind words Tuesday for a former mayor who had a tumultuous time in office.
Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.
Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose said she was "saddened" to hear the news.
“Rob Ford was a tireless fighter for the taxpayer and a true advocate for the people he represented," she said.
She said Ford was known for personally engaging with his constituents, and offered her deepest condolences to the Ford family.
"Despite the challenges he fought and the controversies he faced, it is my sincere hope that Canadians will remember Rob Ford for his enduring love for his community and country, and his dedication to his constituents.”
Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a statement the city is "reeling with this news."
"I have known Rob Ford for many years. He was a man who spoke his mind and who ran for office because of the deeply felt convictions that he had."
"He was above all else, a profoundly human guy whose presence in our city will be missed."
At a press conference earlier in the day on the attacks in Brussels, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned that his thoughts were with Ford's family. He later took to Twitter to laud Ford's "courage" fighting his disease.
Rob Ford fought cancer with courage and determination. My condolences and best wishes to the Ford family today.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 22, 2016
Former prime minister Stephen Harper also his shared condolences online.
Rob was a fighter throughout life & dedicated public servant who will be remembered for his courage, love for Toronto & his family. 1/2— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) March 22, 2016
Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the Ford family. 2/2— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) March 22, 2016
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair wrote that "46 is far too young to lose a loved one."
Sincere condolences to Rob Ford’s family during this difficult time. 46 is far too young to lose a loved one.— Tom Mulcair (@ThomasMulcair) March 22, 2016
Ford's nephew Michael Ford, a trustee with the Toronto District School Board, tweeted a photo of his uncle.
Uncle Rob, You have fought the good fight long enough and now can rest in peace. Love you and will forever miss you. pic.twitter.com/3tIM0KZJdK— Michael Ford (@MichaelFordTO) March 22, 2016
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the news to the legislature
Premier Wynne voice shakes a bit annc'ng death of former Toronto Mayor #RobFord in Legislature.Says moment silence coming end of QPeriod— Paul Bliss (@blissblogs) March 22, 2016
Saddened to learn that former Toronto mayor Rob Ford has passed away. My thoughts & prayers are with Rob's friends, family & colleagues.— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) March 22, 2016
Full statement from Premier Wynne on Ford's death: pic.twitter.com/HMOB0zxErb— Jennifer Pagliaro (@jpags) March 22, 2016
Others tweeted their condolences and tributes.
My condolences to the family of @TorontoRobFord, especially his wife & young children.— Cristina Martins (@CMartinsMPP) March 22, 2016
Rob Ford had a passion for people and politics. I'm saddened by his tragic passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. #RIPRobFord— Norm Kelly (@norm) March 22, 2016
My hope is that Torontonians will remember Rob Ford for his accomplishments and unswerving dedication to our city. #RIPRobFord— Norm Kelly (@norm) March 22, 2016
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