posted on Nov, 26 2012 @ 12:24 PM
Disclaimer: I voted for Mayor Ford and continue to support him.
Toronto's much embattled mayor, Rob Ford, has been forced out of office by a court ruling in a matter of conflict of interest and of improper
solicitation of funds.
The text of the court ruling can be found at the following URL:
This is a quote from the judge's decision:
 I recognize that the circumstances of this case demonstrate that there was absolutely no issue of corruption or pecuniary gain on the
respondent’s part. His contraventions of the municipal Code of Conduct involved a modest amount of money which he endeavoured to raise for a
legitimate charity (his football foundation), which is administered at arm’s length through the Community Foundation of Toronto. His remarks to City
Council on February 7, 2012, focused at least in part on the proposed sanction against him, in circumstances where many informed commentators would
contend that the principles of procedural fairness, audi alteram partem, should have allowed him to speak (although not to vote). The respondent’s
actions, as far as speaking against the proposed sanction is concerned, was an unfortunate but arguably technical breach of s. 5(1) of the MCIA. The
only pecuniary interest the respondent had in the matter before Council was the financial sanction sought to be imposed upon him. . . .
During his term of office the mayor has been accused of all sorts of gaucheries, he has been hounded by segments of the press for his truculence and
"arrogance" and portrayed as a buffoon. He came to office on a wave of indignation against free spending feather bedders on council, promising to cut
out the fat (in the budget) and get rid of people who weren't committed to fiscal prudence.
He has delivered on that part of his agenda.
In the area of transit planning he sailed into very choppy waters but resolutely battled on for subways and for an end to the Hundred Years War On the
Car. That issue is still up in the air and will be the central part of any upcoming election for mayor in Toronto.
Ford intends to run again and I intend to vote for him. However . . . I have a message for the mayor.
All of those people that you despised for free spending, feather bedding and arrogance in past administrations started spending peanuts and slowly
spent more peanuts until they were spending mountains of peanuts. Be warned. See the error of your ways. You represent us. We are behind you. Don't
embarrass us and don't slip on peanuts. Toronto deserves better than this.
We know you can do it. Ford for Mayor!!!
edit on 26-11-2012 by ipsedixit because: (no reason given)