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Toronto mayor vows fight to stay on

TORONTO — Embattled Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto said Tuesday that 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 does not voluntarily take a leave of absence.

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Ford, who has acknowledged 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, at City Hall on Tuesday.

Ford’s refusal to resign or take a leave of absence has frustrated both his opponents and allies on Toronto’s City Council. Still, the council may be unwilling to pass the motion, fearing the precedent would encourage the province to step into Toronto’s affairs.

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