Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who refuses to step down from office despite his crack-smoking scandal, has proclaimed Feb. 6 – Bob Marley's birthday – Bob Marley Day in the Canadian city.

Rob Ford Declares Bob Marley Day

"WHEREAS each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace," read the proclamation. “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,” the proclamation continued. “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.

Ford Dances To 'One Love,' Takes Day Off

Ford's affection for the late Jamaican musician isn’t an act. During a council event, the mayor can be seen mouthing the words and dancing to “One Love.” "I love Bob Marley," Ford explained when the video first surfaced back in December. "When I heard the song, I had to get up and dance. [Marley is] a great musician and I love his music."


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Ford apparently didn’t come into the office on Bob Marley Day, calling in sick. The mayor is not feeling well today,” Ford’s press secretary Amin Massoudi told the Toronto Sun. “He has taken the day off."

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