Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's 'love' of Bob Marley led him to dance
Mayor Rob Ford says his love of Bob Marley music prompted Tuesday's dancing.
Ford's dancing spree on the council floor while a jazz trio played Marley's "One love" and a Christmas song was still making headlines around the world a day later. The mayor has been in the spotlight of the world's news media for weeks now due to his ongoing crack cocaine scandal.
Councillors were back at City Hall on Wednesday trying to finish the last council meeting before the Christmas break. There are still dozens of items on the agenda including the city's 2014 waste budget that includes a 3% garbage rate hike.
Ford laughed off his enthusiastic dancing display when asked about it on Wednesday.
"I love Bob Marley," Ford said. "When I heard the song, I had to get up and dance.
"I love Bob Marley, he's a great musician and I love his music."
Ford admitted the idea for the song session came from Austin, Texas, city council that brings in local bands to inject some music at every council meeting.
"(Councillor) Michael Thompson and I suggested, you know why don't we get a band in here, shock people," he said. "We shocked 'em alright. It was an excellent thing to break the ice because you know the tension gets pretty high in here.
"When you bring in a band, play some good tunes, people get up and let loose … hopefully there will be another band coming this afternoon."
Councillor Jaye Robinson admitted she danced away from Ford during the dance break.
"I was hoping for a different dance partner," Robinson said.
"My father taught me never to say no to a dance, so when (Councillor Frances Nunziata) came up to me, I felt I had to oblige and then when I got out on the floor and I saw the dance partners, I thought it best to retract."
But Robinson said she was impressed by Ford's dancing.
"I actually thought he was busting a move," she said. "I thought he could cut a rug, I thought he had some decent dance moves."
She said the dancing was a "light moment."
"We could use a few more of those around the chamber," Robinson said.