TORONTO - Key quotes about major revelations Thursday that police have seized a video that allegedly appears to show Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. The video was recovered from a hard drive seized during a police drugs and weapons investigation.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford:
— "I think everybody's seen the allegations against me today. I wish I could come out and defend myself. Unfortunately I can't because it's before the courts and that's all I can say right now. I have no reason to resign. I'm going to go back and return my phone calls. I'm going to be out doing what the people elected me to do and that's save taxpayers money and run a great government."
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair:
— "We are now in possession of a recovered digital video file relevant to the investigations that have been conducted. That file contains video images which appear to be those images which were previously reported in the press, with respect to events that took place, we believe at a house on Windsor Road in Etobicoke."
— "I think it's fair to say that the mayor does appear in that video, but I'm not going to get into the detail of what activity is depicted on that video."
— "The investigators have taken that information and that video evidence into consideration and as a result of their investigations and evidence that they have gathered they have this morning taken into custody a Mr. Sandro Lisi and laid a charge of extortion with respect to the evidence that has been collected."
— "As a citizen of Toronto I'm disappointed. This is a traumatic issue for the citizens of this city and for the reputation of this city and that concerns me."
Ontario Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Linda Jeffrey:
— "I'm saddened to hear about those allegations and certainly we'll see what unfolds in the coming months and weeks, I guess."
— "There's nothing we can do at this point. The province has no power to remove anybody. And obviously we'd have to wait as the investigation unfolds as to next steps."
Coun. Gloria Lindsay Luby:
— "I think the mayor should apologize to the citizens of Toronto, we deserve nothing less."
— "I think he should step aside until he clears his name."