Toronto City Council To Vote On Curbing Mayor Ford’s Power

November 18, 2013

The Toronto City Council will consider a motion on Monday that strips embattled Mayor Rob Ford of his powers and his budget.

The Toronto Star reports the move is “unprecedented” and could result in Ford remaining mayor in name only.

All of this comes, of course, after Ford admitted to smoking crack and then faced an unrelenting set of allegations, including that he drove drunk, sexually harassed one of his staff members and that he was seen doing lines of cocaine at a bar. As Saturday Night Live made clear in its sketch about the mayor, Ford has not helped his own cause, holding one outrageous news conference after another.

The council is set to meet at 12:30 p.m. ET. But as the Star reports, it may not amount to much, because the mayor plans to challenge any action the council takes:

“Even if council votes overwhelmingly to curb Ford’s power, he could soon move for a stay of the decision pending the outcome of a court challenge, lawyer George Rust-Eye said Monday on CBC radio.

” ‘I have to get together with the mayor, I have to analyze, very carefully with him, the impact of whatever council decides today on his office, and whether or not it does hamstring him from doing what he’s required by statute to do.’

“If it does, the next step would be to consider what court action could be taken to overturn. The actual litigation could take months, and there is always the possibility of an appeal, he said.”

As Mark reported last week, the city council has already stripped the mayor of his emergency powers and his ability to fire and hire.

Ford, by the way, has remained defiant. Over the weekend, he told Fox News he was not quitting and that one day he hopes to be prime minister.

The council sessions have been proven fiery, so if you’re in the mood for some Canadian drama, CTV News will webcast the session. We’ll update this post once the council makes its decision.

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