City Councillor Joe Mihevc said during a phone interview that "Gary Webster is one of the best managers in the city." So why would one of the best managers be in danger of losing his job?
Mihevc said that the reason is simple, "Webster will not write a report around a separate subway system. He does not support the Sheppard subway extension and that could mean he loses his job."
Mihevc said that five of the nine councillors on the TTC Board would have to vote to fire Webster.
"If you don't side with Ford then your time is numbered in Toronto."
Prior to the Ford administration Mihevc was Vice-chair of the TTC Commission. His removable from that position came as soon as Ford was elected. He was replaced by Karen Stintz.
Stintz is not part of the plan to remove Webster which according to the Toronto Star
could be putting her future as chair in jeopardy. In fact she refused to be part of the movement to replace Webster simply to put in a Ford supporter into the position.
When the Globe and Mail
approached Ford's office about the issue his spokesperson Adrienne Batra told The Globe and Mail that, “The Mayor's Office does not comment on personnel matters.”
The TTC sent out the following statement:
“The TTC will not speculate on Mr. Webster’s future. The Chief General Manager is working hard with staff on the 2012 budget, as well as ongoing customer service improvement initiatives. This is a large, complex organization. His continued leadership has never been more important.”