“As a civilian member of the volunteer organizing committee of the 2013 Toronto Garrison Ball, I can confirm that I did not ask Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto, to leave the event on February 23 for any reason,” the letter states. “To my knowledge, no member of the event’s organizing committee, including Councillor Paul Ainslie, directed the Mayor to leave the event that night.” (emphasis added)So these six people are stating they individually did not "ask" Ford to leave, and are not aware of any other member of the committee "directing" Ford to leave. Why did the word change? This is clearly some legalistic sophistry, Ainslie (a member of the committee) has stood by his original statement and says:
Speaking with CP24 Tuesday night, Ainslie stood behind his earlier comments.
“Some people came up to me and they had some concerns about the mayor, so I went up and chit-chatted with him for a few minutes and then I told his chief of staff it would be better for everyone involved if the mayor left,” he said.
So maybe the idea is that Ainslie didn't directly ask/tell Ford to leave by talking to his Chief of Staff or maybe the idea is that Ford was "asked" to leave but that's supposed to be different from being "directed" to leave. Either way, the 6 member statement clears nothing up and makes one ask why the other 7 members of the committee didn't sign it. Ainslie did not sign it.
Ford left that party at the behest of someone other than himself. Ford apologists better start dealing with that.