Toronto Mayor Rob Ford removed from office

  1. Ford was accused of breaking the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.This allegation came after Ford spoke and voted on whether
    he would have to pay back $3,150 in donations collected for his
    football charity.
  2. While testifying in court in September, Ford admitted didn’t read the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act he is now accused of breaking.
  3. Ford’s attitude may have played a large part in the ruling.

    Posted in the comments section on the Globe and Mail’s website is this:

    “In view of the respondent’s leadership role in ensuring integrity in
    municipal government, it is difficult to accept an error in judgment
    defence based essentially on a stubborn sense of entitlement (concerning
    his football foundation) and a dismissive and confrontational attitude
    to the Integrity Commissioner and the Code of Conduct. In my opinion,
    the respondent’s actions were characterized by ignorance of the law and a
    lack of diligence in securing professional advice, amounting to wilful
    blindness. As such, I find his actions are incompatible with an error in
    judgment.”

  4. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, 100th Grey Cup CFL Pancake Breakfast, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto Ontario Canada, Saturday November 24 2012

    Fri, Nov 23 2012 16:00:00
  5. Hackland said he understands the decision will “necessitate administrative changes in the
    City of Toronto,” so the ruling takes effect in 14 days.

    Ford could have, by law, been banned from running for office for up to seven years.

    The judge didn’t place a ban on Ford. This means he is eligible to run again in a
    byelection for mayor if council holds one.

    Toronto City Council can hold a vote to assign someone to office until the 2014 municipal election.

  6. In this photo, just a few days before the ruling, Ford plays a quick game of scrimmage football during the Grey Cup Festival with fellow councillors on a lunch break at Nathan Phillips Square.
  7. Toronto citizens and political enthusiasts flooded twitter the minute it happened.

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