Mayor Rob Ford calls in sick on 'Bob Marley Day' in Toronto

"His music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae music to the world," Ford said in statement before calling in sick.
By Evan Bleier  |  Feb. 7, 2014 at 10:35 AM
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TORONTO, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- On Bob Marley’s birthday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford elected to stand up for his right…to call in sick to work.

After making a big deal about “Bob Marley Day” in Toronto, Mayor Rob Ford wasn’t feeling well enough to work on the legendary singer’s birthday Feb. 6.

Even though Bob Marley Day has been celebrated in Toronto for years, Ford felt compelled to release a statement about this year’s holiday.

Here is Ford’s Bob Marley Day proclamation:

“WHEREAS each year on February 6, we honor the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace. His early career began with friends, the legendary Wailers, ‘Bob Marley and the Wailers.’ His music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae music to the world.

Bob Marley became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has seen. He used music to tear down the walls of apartheid and promoted African unity, culture and world peace both at home and internationally, with songs like One Love and Africa Unite.Today, his music continues to be loved by many and is instantly recognized around the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2014 as ‘Bob Marley Day’ in the City of Toronto.”

It’s no secret at City Hall that Ford loves Marley’s music after a video of him dancing in the council chamber to “One Love” surfaced. “I love Bob Marley,” Ford said, according to the Toronto Sun. “When I heard the song, I had to get up and dance. (Marley is) a great musician and I love his music.”

Ford’s office confirmed he called in sick on Thursday. “The mayor is not feeling well today. He has taken the day off,” said Amin Massoudi, Ford’s press secretary.

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