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Toronto City Council Votes to Strip Mayor Ford of Powers

  • Mayor Rob Ford speaks to city council members about new allegations against him in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Ford is threatening to take legal action against former aides who told police about their concerns about his drug use and drunken driving. He also denies making sexual advances toward a female staffer.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Mayor Rob Ford speaks to city council members about new allegations against him in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Ford is threatening to take legal action against former aides who told police about their concerns about his drug use and drunken driving. He also denies making sexual advances toward a female staffer. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior. Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior. Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  The City Council voted overwhelmingly to strip Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed pressure to resign over his drinking and drug use.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. The council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. The City Council voted overwhelmingly to strip Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed pressure to resign over his drinking and drug use. Ford vowed to fight it in court. The council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  The City Council voted overwhelmingly to strip Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed pressure to resign over his drinking and drug use.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. The council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. The City Council voted overwhelmingly to strip Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed pressure to resign over his drinking and drug use. Ford vowed to fight it in court. The council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands in the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands in the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior. Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands in the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands in the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior. Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Toronto Councillor Doug Ford speaks in the council chamber as councillors look to pass motions to limit his brother Mayor Rob Ford's powers on Friday Nov. 15, 2013.   Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Toronto Councillor Doug Ford speaks in the council chamber as councillors look to pass motions to limit his brother Mayor Rob Ford's powers on Friday Nov. 15, 2013. Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior. Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Toronto Councillor Doug Ford speaks in the council chamber as councillors look to pass motions to limit his brother Mayor Rob Ford's powers on Friday Nov. 15, 2013.   Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Toronto Councillor Doug Ford speaks in the council chamber as councillors look to pass motions to limit his brother Mayor Rob Ford's powers on Friday Nov. 15, 2013. Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior. Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands with his wife Renata at a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.  Ford has apologized for making crude comments in responding to allegations contained in court documents.  Ford said the "graphic"remarks came after six months of relentless pressure. He said "revelations" of cocaine, escorts and prostitution made public Wednesday had pushed him "over the line." He called the allegations "100 per cent lies." (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands with his wife Renata at a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Ford has apologized for making crude comments in responding to allegations contained in court documents. Ford said the "graphic"remarks came after six months of relentless pressure. He said "revelations" of cocaine, escorts and prostitution made public Wednesday had pushed him "over the line." He called the allegations "100 per cent lies." (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Mayor Rob Ford, right, has a conversation with Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti at city hall in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.  Ford is threatening to take legal action against former aides who told police about their concerns about his drug use and drunken driving. He also denies making sexual advances toward a female staffer.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Mayor Rob Ford, right, has a conversation with Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti at city hall in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Ford is threatening to take legal action against former aides who told police about their concerns about his drug use and drunken driving. He also denies making sexual advances toward a female staffer. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford displays a milk moustache as he takes part in voting with city council members in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.  Ford denied Thursday that he pressured a female staffer for oral sex, in an obscenity-laced statement on live television in which he also threatened to take legal action against former staffers who spoke to police about his drinking and drug use.  The mayor, who admitted last week to smoking crack, later announced he was getting professional help. But he once again refused to step down and used a typical mix of contrition and defiance several public appearances Thursday.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford displays a milk moustache as he takes part in voting with city council members in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Ford denied Thursday that he pressured a female staffer for oral sex, in an obscenity-laced statement on live television in which he also threatened to take legal action against former staffers who spoke to police about his drinking and drug use. The mayor, who admitted last week to smoking crack, later announced he was getting professional help. But he once again refused to step down and used a typical mix of contrition and defiance several public appearances Thursday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

  • Mayor Rob Ford speaks to city council members about new allegations against him in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Ford is threatening to take legal action against former aides who told police about their concerns about his drug use and drunken driving. He also denies making sexual advances toward a female staffer.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  The City Council voted overwhelmingly to strip Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed pressure to resign over his drinking and drug use.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. The council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Mayor Rob Ford makes his way to the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  The City Council voted overwhelmingly to strip Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed pressure to resign over his drinking and drug use.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. The council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands in the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands in the council chamber in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Toronto Councillor Doug Ford speaks in the council chamber as councillors look to pass motions to limit his brother Mayor Rob Ford's powers on Friday Nov. 15, 2013.   Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Toronto Councillor Doug Ford speaks in the council chamber as councillors look to pass motions to limit his brother Mayor Rob Ford's powers on Friday Nov. 15, 2013.   Toronto’s City Council voted overwhelming to strip Mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers in the latest attempt to box in the brash leader who has rebuffed huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behavior.  Ford vowed to fight it in court. Council passed the motion 39-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands with his wife Renata at a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.  Ford has apologized for making crude comments in responding to allegations contained in court documents.  Ford said the "graphic"remarks came after six months of relentless pressure. He said "revelations" of cocaine, escorts and prostitution made public Wednesday had pushed him "over the line." He called the allegations "100 per cent lies." (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Mayor Rob Ford, right, has a conversation with Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti at city hall in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.  Ford is threatening to take legal action against former aides who told police about their concerns about his drug use and drunken driving. He also denies making sexual advances toward a female staffer.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford displays a milk moustache as he takes part in voting with city council members in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.  Ford denied Thursday that he pressured a female staffer for oral sex, in an obscenity-laced statement on live television in which he also threatened to take legal action against former staffers who spoke to police about his drinking and drug use.  The mayor, who admitted last week to smoking crack, later announced he was getting professional help. But he once again refused to step down and used a typical mix of contrition and defiance several public appearances Thursday.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Toronto — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford vowed Friday to take City Council to court after it voted overwhelmingly to strip him of some of his powers over his admitted drug use, public drinking and increasingly erratic behavior.

Then, in a flash of remorse, the 44-year-old Ford declared: “If I would have had a mayor conducting themselves the way I have, I would have done exactly the same thing.”

The motion, approved in a 39-3 vote, suspends Ford’s authority to appoint and dismiss the deputy mayor and his executive committee, which runs the budget process. The council also voted to give the deputy mayor authority to handle any civic emergency. The effort is to continue Monday when the council moves to strip the mayor of most of his remaining powers.

The votes capped another frenzied week of twists and turns in a scandal that has consumed Canada’s largest city and financial capital for months.

Newly released court documents show the mayor became the subject of a police investigation after news reports surfaced in May that he had been caught on video smoking crack cocaine. In interviews with police, former staffers accused the mayor of frequently drinking, driving while intoxicated and making sexual advances toward a female staffer.

Ford stirred up further controversy and even offended Toronto’s football team when he wore a team jersey while making a profanity-laced statement about the allegations Thursday. Most city councilors are frustrated by Ford’s refusal to step aside, but they lack the authority to force him from office unless he is convicted of a crime and jailed.

Ford’s mood swings were on full display Friday as he defiantly vowed to fight the motion in court, then conceded he understood why the council took the measures.

“I’m not mad at anybody. I take full responsibility,” Ford said.

The mayor, a conservative who touts his efforts to curb public spending and keep taxes low, later made it clear he intends to seek re-election next year.

“Councilors spoke today. The taxpayers of this great city will have their say Oct. 27,” Ford told a crush of reporters at City Hall, referring to next year’s municipal elections. Nearby, a few hecklers shouted, “Resign! Resign!”

The mayor of North America’s fourth-largest city said he didn’t care that many council members were laughing at him, noting he won a large mandate in the 2010 election and was laughed at for years as a councilman before being elected mayor.

“They laughed at me for 13 years but fortunately 387,000 people never laughed at me. We’ll see what happens” the mayor said.