Justice Charles Hackland has found Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in violation of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. This means that the mayor will be removed from office, but will be eligible to run for mayor again.
“His actions were not done by reason of inadvertence or a good faith error of judgement,” said Hackland as he handed down his decision at a downtown courthouse Monday morning.
Hackland permitted the mayor an additional 14-day reprieve. It is expected that Deputy Mayor Doug Holiday will assume Ford’s responsibilities and duties.
Ford is the first Toronto mayor to be removed from office, but it is expected that the mayor will appeal the ruling. Ford was only a few days away from marking his two-year anniversary since he was sworn-in as mayor.
The full text of the decision in the case between Paul Magder and Rob Ford can be found here.
Toronto resident Paul Magder accused the mayor of not declaring his conflict-of-interest before a vote taken in February. Magder argued that Ford violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act by voting in the city integrity commissioner’s recommendation that the mayor pay back the $3,150 he solicited for his private football foundation that his staff sought on official city letterhead two years ago.
Councillor Joe Mihevc is quoted as saying: "Justice was done today."
Ford confirmed that he will appeal the decision. He told reporters outside his office just past noon that he’s “a fighter.”
“I'm going to fight tooth and nail to hold on to my job. If they get me out, then I will be running again. If there is a byelection, then I will be on the ballot,” stated Ford, according to CP24.
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