Controversial Canadian politician Rob Ford, who has been in rehab for a couple of months, is expected to return on Monday, June 30.
The Toronto mayor was forced to go to rehab after he had been repeatedly accused of drug and alcohol abuse. Ford, on the other hand, has only 4 months left at his office. That is why there will probably be a major curiosity regarding his renewed public image post-rehab. Ford is likely to be under strict scanner as people will be eager to know if there is any positive change in his persona.
Several of Ford's controversial conducts were recorded on video, which proved his offense rather explicitly. It started on February 17, 2013, when Ford was videotaped while smoking crack cocaine from a glass pipe. It was Mohamed Siad who caught "a mayor smoking crack." Police later came to know that Siad tried negotiating with Ford in lieu of money before making the video public. Said wanted the money so that he could move to Alberta.
Ford initially rubbished all the allegations, but later in November 2013, he admitted that he might have smoked crack on previous occasions. He also admitted that he had purchased illegal drugs. The Toronto City Council, by vote of majority, asked Ford to co-operate with the police. In April 2014, a fresh video of Ford smoking crack appeared, which apparently forced Ford to take a leave of absence to go to rehab. Ford was earlier spotted at an Ontario clothing store. A spokesperson of the store confirmed Ford's presence at the store on Saturday, June 28.
Doug Ford, the mayor's brother and campaign manager, gave hints that the senior Ford was all set to fight for re-election at the municipal vote to be held on October 27. If he is re-elected, he will secure his political career for another four years. The brother also said that the mayor would issue an official statement after his return but would not answer any questions.
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