The Canadian city will pay tribute to the reggae icon on February 6

Controversial Toronto mayor Rob Ford has declared February 6 ‘Bob Marley Day’ in the Canadian city.

Ford, who last year (2013) admitted that he had smoked crack cocaine, was not in Toronto yesterday to celebrate the first tribute to the reggae singer but confirmed the plan to celebrate Marley’s legacy on the same date in the future.

An official proclamation on the mayor’s website reads: “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.'”

Ford continued: “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,”

Earlier this year Rob Ford defended Justin Bieber following his recent arrest on DUI charges. Ford stuck up for Bieber and said: “Well, you know what, he’s a young guy. At 19 years old, I wish I was as successful as he was. He’s 19 years old, guys. Think back to when you were 19.” The mayor did, however, say he was not a fan of Bieber’s music and prefers Led Zeppelin and The Eagles.