05/01/2014 04:12 EDT | Updated 07/01/2014 05:59 EDT

Tim Hudak Deflects Rob Ford Questions During Ontario Budget Lockup


TORONTO - Even budget day couldn't spare Ontario politicians from fielding questions about the latest allegations against Toronto's confessed crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak was repeatedly asked for his stance on controversial comments allegedly made by the mayor on a recording obtained by the Toronto Sun.

In the recording, a man the newspaper says is Ford declares he cannot vote for Hudak because the Tory leader supported a motion to raise a rainbow flag at Queen's Park in support of gay athletes during the Olympic Games.

The man also makes derogatory comments about one of Ford's rivals in the mayoral race, Karen Stintz.

Hudak tried to deflect the questions, saying he commented on "the Ford situation" in the past and has nothing more to add.

But he says he stands by the decision to raise the flag and is "obviously" against homophobia.

"I'll look through exactly what was said," Hudak told reporters. "Obviously I won't agree with any kind of statement that takes that kind of slant."

The Opposition leader said he mentioned months ago that Ford, who has admitted to using crack cocaine while in office, "should check himself in and put his family first."

After claiming for nearly a year that he is not an addict or an alcoholic, Ford announced Wednesday he is taking a leave of absence to seek help for an alcohol problem.

Ford publicly condemned the raising of a rainbow flag at city hall, arguing the Games should not be used to make a statement about sexual orientation.

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