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article imageToronto mayor-elect Rob Ford's vision for the city

By Andrew Moran     Oct 28, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - Rob Ford will be officially sworn in as mayor of Toronto on Dec. 1. In the mean time, Ford is beginning to announce his transition team but has also spoken to media outlets and the residents of Toronto about various issues.
Toronto mayor-elect Rob Ford isn’t taking a brief hiatus from the general public or the media since his huge win in Monday’s municipal election where he edged out rival George Smitherman by 12 points.
In an e-mail to Digital Journal, Rob Ford's campaign spokesperson, Adrienne Batra, stated: "I think it is going to be very clear what Rob wants to bring to City Hall: Transparency and accountability and lower taxes to put more money back into peoples pockets."
The Toronto Star’s telephone calls and transit
On Tuesday, Ford appeared on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning where he urged Greater Toronto Residents to call him if they are concerned or upset over a policy of his. Ford said he would return their phone calls or even meet them in person at their homes.
The Toronto Star decided to put his words to a test so they asked three citizens to call Ford. The first caller left a message to obtain a better understanding of Ford’s plan for streetcars. Roughly 45 minutes later, Ford called him back and said they add to congestion and he will faze them out over time.
The second caller left a message but didn’t receive a phone call back.
The final caller spoke with a Rob Ford campaign staff member who relayed the message to Ford. The mayor-elect returned the person’s phone call about an hour later and left a message and urged the person to call him anytime in the future at city hall.
Ford transition team
On Wednesday, Ford announced that retired city councillor Case Ootes will head his new transition team, reports CBC News. So far, nobody else has been added to Ford’s transition team but he won’t be sworn in officially until Dec. 1.
“I consider that a great privilege — to help him through the transition process and to assist him through the committee in any way that we can,” said Ootes in front a group of reporters on Wednesday.
Ford also announced that he is stepping down as Chief Financial Officer of Deco Labels & Tags.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty
Ford said on Wednesday that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty needs to pay close attention to what happened on Monday’s municipal election in Toronto because right now Ontario voters are “upset” and “have had enough with being taxed,” according to the Toronto Sun.
“I can see they’ve sent the signal loud and clear in Toronto and I think it’s going to resonate through the whole province.”
Nevertheless, Ford has set up a meeting with the Premier to discuss one of his campaign promises where he promised to convert the Sheppard light rail line to a subway. Ford has said that if McGuinty will not approve it, or if cancelling the contract means hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties, then the subway will not go ahead.
“If it’s going to cost the taxpayer an arm and leg, then obviously we can’t do it. We have to review all the documents.”
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