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  • 1 April 2014, 6:49

Fake campaign ads poke fun at mayor

An advertising campaign targeting embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is attracting attention in the run up to elections there.

Campaign group No Ford Nation has put up sarcastic billboards extolling the virtues of candidates who promise things like: "When I urinate in public, I never get caught on camera."

Another reads: "Elect Jeff McElroy. He promises to just smoke pot as mayor. Not crack."

And another says: "If elected, I promise I will just get publicly drunk. Anyone's better than Rob Ford."

None of the candidates in the posters are real.

Mr Ford, who has admitted smoking crack cocaine in a drunken stupor, and who was caught on video drunkenly ranting in a fake Jamaican accent and threatening to kill someone, is refusing to step down.

He has been stripped of many of his powers by the city council but has said he will continue to campaign for "Ford more years".

The campaign group responsible for the billboards gets its title from Ford Nation, the name Mr Ford has given to an area of Toronto where he enjoys strong base support.

No Ford Nation was set up by Christina and Jason Robins, who write on its Facebook page: "Welcome to No Ford Nation, where our goal is to stop and highlight the divisive nature of Ford Nation and the lack of respect this administration has for the rules of City Council and the residents of this city.

"We are not an Anti-Ford page, we are Pro-Toronto page and our mandate is to have a liveable city for all regardless of social status and income.

"We aim to protect our libraries, our social programs that help so many who may not survive without them and return our city to the inclusive amazing, supportive and caring city it was before people made the Ford mistake."

Mr Ford's office has not responded to Sky News' request for comment.

Toronto's mayoral election is in October.

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