Toronto mayor vows fight to stay on

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TORONTO (AP) — Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he will fight any attempt to have him take a leave of absence in the wake of a crack smoking scandal.

A motion before the Toronto City Council on Wednesday asks the province of Ontario to pass legislation to remove the mayor if he doesn’t voluntarily take a leave of absence.

Ford, who acknowledged last week that he smoked crack, said the council meeting will be a “rumble in the jungle.”

Ford made the remark as he signed bobble headed “Robbie Bobbie” dolls for $20 each, outside City Hall on Tuesday.

The council, which cannot force Ford out unless he’s convicted of a crime, may be unwilling to pass the motion, fearing the precedent would encourage the province to step into Toronto’s affairs.

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