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Council strips Rob Ford of last remaining powers

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 18, 2013

toronto rob fordToronto city council has voted 36-5 to strip Rob Ford of the last remaining pieces of power and hand them to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.

In a series of heavy losses, Ford saw his office budget slashed by 60%, his position as chair of the executive committee taken away, and the last of his removable rights as mayor confiscated.

Ford was also unseated as a mandatory member of all city committees, leaving him largely a ceremonial figurehead.

During a heated and sometimes bizarre five-hour debate, Ford heard from councillors frustrated with the ever-deepening scandal and was occasionally heckled by members of the public.

toronto rob fordThe debate frequently threatened to boil over. During one heated exchange, Rob and Doug Ford left the council floor to engage with hecklers in the public gallery. Rob, thinking his brother was in an altercation, rushed to the scene and bowled over Councillor Pam McConnell. He was later made to apologize for his actions by Councillor Paula Fletcher.

In the melee, Ford appeared to think the spectators were questioning his fiscal record. "Are you saving money? I'm saving money," he shouted. "You don't like saving money." There were further frustrated outbursts during the course of the meeting and security removed at least one spectator.

"We're saving millions ... is that affecting your grants?"

Cllr. Thompson lamented Ford's impact on the day-to-day running of the city. "It is not business as usual," he said.

A motion by Doug Ford that would have asked the province for a snap mayoral election was ruled out of order.

toronto rob fordRob Ford said the decision to remove his powers and slash his office budget was undemocratic and likened the action to the U.S. invasion of Kuwait.

"This, folks, reminds me of when I was watching with my brother when Saddam attacked Kuwait," Ford said before excusing himself from the vote.

"President Bush says: 'I warn you, I warn you, I warn you - do not.' Well, folks, if you think American-style politics is nasty. You guys have just attacked Kuwait."

"Mark my words, friends, this is going to be outright war at the next election. I'm going to do everything in my power to beat you guys."

Newly empowered Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly said he plans to meet with Ford this week. "The mayor apparently wants to wage war, I want to wage peace," he told reporters shortly after the meeting ended.

Cllr. John Filion, who brought the motion, said council's action probably won't curb Ford's antics. "Will the mayor act out and behave badly? Probably ... but it will clearly be Rob Ford behaving badly and it won't interfere with the work of council."

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Images: Chris Bateman/blogTO.



logikol / November 18, 2013 at 05:51 pm
can't wait for the movie
Good / November 18, 2013 at 06:02 pm
What a circus this guy has caused.
Louis / November 18, 2013 at 06:04 pm
Correction: he was not stripped of power, but responsibilities. Whatever power he may or may not have, has no effect on the very real responsibilities he certainly no longer has.
iSkyscraper / November 18, 2013 at 06:07 pm
Too much chaos to digest -- the childish drunk driving pantomime, the ridiculous claims by Doug, Rob screaming about the NDP, Rob chairing the meeting for long stretches, telling the city's lawyers they don't understand the job of the mayor, endless debates over who should apologize for what -- absolute insanity.

The rest of council, in comparison, came across as very polite, very upstanding and reasonable (whether they were for or against the motions). A good show to the rest of the world that adults were still in charge. Even Mammo looked really sharp today...
Jacob / November 18, 2013 at 06:17 pm
Dave's going to have to take a pay cut, because I don't think Ford's going to be able to pay him $140k/year anymore.
Lefty / November 18, 2013 at 06:27 pm

Woohoo! He's out!

When can we start spending other people's money again?

Nightmare Man / November 18, 2013 at 06:33 pm
He is the most pig-headed and stubborn moron I have ever known to exist. under no circumstance is loosing an option for this man. He will never know when to step aside and say enough is enough. A complete fool and disgrace to humanity.
John Labatt / November 18, 2013 at 06:35 pm
I noticed that when he was on tv his teeth looked like they rotted away since the last time i saw him on tv. Looks like he has a meth problem too.
Linden / November 18, 2013 at 06:46 pm
the man is a joke. Can just everybody ignores him-concealers, media, people, I am so tired of reading about him. The city has so many other problems, the congestion is getting worse, the whole city is one giant construction site and and city projects takes at least 2-3 additional years to complete. It impact the quality of life, and this is what should matters to Torontonians, not a clown.
steve replying to a comment from Linden / November 18, 2013 at 06:56 pm
This is why he Mayor needs to go. He has effected the every day running of the city. Sure save some money but not at the cost of a healthy city.
Susan McMurdo / November 18, 2013 at 07:03 pm
Reports about the chaotic nature of today's meeting ignore the feature that really struck me; the thoughtfulness, clarity and rationality of the statements made by most councilors. There are some good people on council. If they can work together the way they did today the city will be in good hands.
jey / November 18, 2013 at 07:10 pm
Little typo there -- I believe he was referring to the "Iraqi" invasion of Kuwait, not the "US invasion"
Frank / November 18, 2013 at 07:23 pm
This totally undermines democracy, coming from someone who votes left
MG replying to a comment from Good / November 18, 2013 at 07:26 pm
...and the post didn't even touch on the charging elephant that ran into Pam McConnell!
Simon replying to a comment from Frank / November 18, 2013 at 07:30 pm
Democracy is constant, nor intermittent. The man don't get a free pass for 4 years once a bunch of hillbillies sober up long enough to find a voting booth. We tried him on and he didn't fit. Let's make a better effort next time, yes?
Simon replying to a comment from Frank / November 18, 2013 at 07:30 pm
That last comment was directed at Frank.
Not over yet / November 18, 2013 at 07:38 pm
Bobble on Rob. Bobble on. We will have to put up with his circus act until next October
Dave / November 18, 2013 at 07:45 pm
Hi Dave it's me. You know, False Dave. Hi Dave! See you've been super busy, leaving those rightie messages. Somebody's gotta do it! It'd be stupid if it was just you wouldn't it Dave. Gotta make it look like people are actually that stupid en masse. I get it. Iceberg vodkazzzzz. Livin la vida coca. Argos
Dave / November 18, 2013 at 07:53 pm
Mercer was right, we will vote for a gerbil to keep our taxes low. The difference with Ford is, it's just the illusion of "low taxes". What low taxes? Does it make it more true if we say it over and over and deny the truth? Yes if people wanna believe it. But it's all bullshit and everybody with half a brain knows it. It's the members if Ford Nation that've bought it all like an evangelical flock. See what religion can do to you? Hi Dave it's me False Dave, hi!!!!!!!
fast eddie / November 18, 2013 at 08:27 pm
Adam Vaughan and Gord Perks are millionaire socialists and they still cannot poll ahead of Ringo. Need a middle of the road gal who can get the job done. Too many losers in politics these days.
fast eddie replying to a comment from MG / November 18, 2013 at 08:28 pm
Two tonnes of fat
pandorasbox / November 18, 2013 at 08:39 pm
Finally, Toronto has come to its senses!
Stephen / November 18, 2013 at 08:51 pm
I think this is great :) Ford is the man! I think he should fight this out. Why not. So what if its illegal to smoke crack. If he cant do the job then remove him. I can tell you right now if you did a snap drug/alcohol test of all mayors and political person you would be shocked with the answers you would get in the results. I hope he stays there till the next election if nothing more then to be a mouth piece to this whole failed democracy we call Canada!
Dave / November 18, 2013 at 09:42 pm
Hi Dave it's me false Dave.
Another Dave / November 18, 2013 at 09:42 pm
Tonight was it. I'm finally fed up. It would be easy to rail against the homophobia, the racism, the drunk driving, the drug use...

... but what really infuriates me is Ford's insistence that he's "in it for the little guy", "right there with the poor", and the rest of that garbage he's been spouting.

Ford is, in fact, a millionaire who was born into wealth. He knows no circumstance for any action he takes, because it simply doesn't matter. He's ignorant of the the sorry state of the TTC because he is wealthy enough to simply not have to ride it. He can afford a car, parking, insurance, gas, and all the other expenses that come with owning a car.

He's wealthy enough to never have to invest in a bicycle as an economical means of transportation, thus making himself completely oblivious to the plight of cyclists.

You working stiffs, you blue collar guys (and gals) who enjoy a cold beer after a hard day of work: do you think you truly have anything in common with this man (beyond a fondness for the occasional drink)?

Do you think Ford knows what it's like to scrape by, paycheque-to-paycheque To live in fear of a collapsing manufacturing sector? Do you think that any responsible father, working in any kind of factory setting with a family to support would drive drunk? Would do crack cocaine? Would make horrendously offensive comments? Would a loving father do these things? Any regular worker, any person below the quasi-celebrity status of Mayor of Toronto would be fired immediately for any of these infractions.

Rob Ford: stop misrepresenting yourself. You ask the question, does Toronto want some "slick talking lawyer or lobbyist", some "wealthy downtown elite".

You are wealthy. You do not know the problems of the poor. You are a rich, suburban elite, looking down and casting judgement on all those below you. You refuse to bend, play nice, work together, or cooperate. You are short-sighted, blind and deaf to the ideas and lifestyles of others.

Please, look at the city you live in. What the fuck is "customer service"?! Are we, the young and old of Toronto merely customers? I prefer to think of myself as a citizen, as a person who loves this city, and not as someone merely driving through streets as if they were aisles at the local Wal-Mart.

I would like to stress that I know Ford is NOT representational of all suburbanities, and that the well being of the ENTIRE city is important. No one citizen or group should be above anyone else.

Fuck you, you marble-mouthed, wealthy, ignorant suburban moron.
Suicide_Boi replying to a comment from Good / November 18, 2013 at 09:57 pm
Well it's really the left-wing councilors causing the "circus". After all, they're the ones bringing forward these motions.
Donnie / November 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm
Way to go Robbie and bros. Saw your TV show on Sun tonight. Great stuff. Amazing your on the road to recovery and have even started redemption discussions with Jesus. APPLAUSE. Ive been there, 8 years going and still sober. You are doing the right thing. Trust me we're here for you.
Mammosmom replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / November 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm
mammo did go off about the union were taunting him from the crowd and wanted the speaker to move them. Seemed a little unhinged today.
StaBoner / November 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm
Mammo can stay home. Mammo hasnt done a good damn thing but live comfortably numb off the tax payer! F that!!
lister / November 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm
I can't believe I'm saying this but the Ford brothers make me wistfully think of the Mel Lastman years... Ugh.
Gabe / November 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm
The Ford Bros. should open a food truck. They'd make a killer BBQ Truck. Wings, Ribs, Steak Burgers. Id vote for you and get Bbq fron you. Ford Bros BBQ sauce can be bought in 750ml - $5.00 and 1.5 L bottles. 8.00. Best BBQ tax free!
Gabe / November 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm
Ford Bros 12" Steak and Cheese $9
Gabe / November 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm
Ford Bros festival special 8 perogy $6!
Taras Bulba / November 18, 2013 at 11:32 pm
WE had a major who wanted to do good, and yet we acted like the dumb humans we are and getting rid of him. Three years later we will see how stupidly we acted while still complaining about our city.
Gabe / November 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm
2 skewers $4 3 skewers $7 $1 drinks
FORD BROS are here for you and here for the city.
Feed A FAMILY feed a CITY
Rob Ford / November 19, 2013 at 12:48 am
Subways subways subways!
Dave / November 19, 2013 at 08:53 am
Taxes taxes taxes
Steve / November 19, 2013 at 08:59 am
This is ridiculous.. This family is literally fighting AGAINST the city. It's like they're doing their best to screw over 2.5 million people out of pure spite.
MxDx replying to a comment from Suicide_Boi / November 19, 2013 at 09:01 am
Yeas, because Minnan-Wong is the very definition of left wing. Moron.
Dave / November 19, 2013 at 02:54 pm
War! Danger! Fear the fear! Dangerous precedents, orange alert! Bush comparisons, Saddam name dropping, we are at war! Yaaaaaawwwwwnnnnnn, actually bully fat face, you're at war with yourself. I happily walked through the park and didn't see any sign of a war happening. Iceberg vodkas, you're being watched! You will be reported. Argos, Don bully Bosco. Liquor and poker. Ecoke.
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