Rob Ford not going to censor himself at Ford Fest

Supporters of Rob Ford help get the Scarborough park ready for Ford Fest. Jackson Proskow / Global News

TORONTO – Rob Ford’s not about to censor himself while under the watchful eye of city staff at his annual Ford Fest on Friday.

City staff, who are being paid overtime to patrol the event for bylaw infractions, are supposed to be watching whether or not there’s any active campaigning being done by Ford’s team – no “Ford for mayor” or signs with “elect” or “re-elect” on them.

But that won’t stop the mayor from inserting his oft-repeated talking points into his speech.

“Every year I get up and speak. Every year I get up and say this is what I was elected to do and I’ve done it,” he told reporters at Thompson Memorial Park in Scarborough Friday.

“I can talk about subways, I can talk about filling potholes, I can talk about customer service, I’ve been doing that for 14 years, my dad did it.”

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Watch: Mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson arrives to Ford Fest on a horse

But the city is keeping a close eye on the event after staff were bombard with over 170 complaints.

The Ford family has been holding the annual event since 1995 when his father, Doug Ford Sr., was elected to the Ontario legislature.

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