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Denzil Minnan-Wong asks the province to remove Ford

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 7, 2013

denzil minnan-wongCouncillor Denzil Minnan-Wong wants the province to step in and remove Mayor Rob Ford if he refuses to leave office voluntarily.

In the hours after Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine, Minnan-Wong, previously a Ford ally and member of his executive committee, drafted a motion asking the mayor to step aside. Council lacks the power to send Ford packing unless he has been convicted of a crime.

Now that Ford has announced he plans to remain in office, Minnan-Wong is upping the ante by calling on the province to boot Ford if he doesn't take a leave of absence.

"If he won't find the exit, I think we have to show him the door," he told reporters. "Extraordinary measures are needed in extraordinary times."

Last week Premier Kathleen Wynne said she was concerned by Ford's actions but it appears the provincial government also lacks the power to remove a mayor unless he or she has been convicted, according to Ontario Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey.

"There's nothing that we can do at this point," Jeffrey said. "The province has no power to remove anybody."

Will these measures work? Will removing Ford make him a martyr and give him more strength at the next election?

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

Image: Chris Bateman/blogTO



FordBad / November 7, 2013 at 10:36 am
Ford bad. Ford shud go. Bad Ford. Make bad man go.
FordBad / November 7, 2013 at 10:37 am
Only gud should mayor, not bad. Bad is bad and Tronto needs gud not bad.
Joseph / November 7, 2013 at 10:39 am
I think that iPhone microphone is literally the most expensive microphone in that photo.
fd / November 7, 2013 at 10:41 am
At least we know one councillor knows what he's doing. What about the others?
r metzger / November 7, 2013 at 10:43 am
Who is the douchewaffle standing behind him? GTFO of town bro
Tony replying to a comment from Joseph / November 7, 2013 at 10:44 am
For some reasons, I cannot keep my eyes off to that iPhone
Dave / November 7, 2013 at 10:48 am
Seriously, that iPhone microphone is captivating.
V / November 7, 2013 at 10:59 am
Remember, remember the 5th of November. The crack scandal treason and plot. I know of no reason, the crack scandal treason, should ever be forgot.
wakey up / November 7, 2013 at 11:00 am
Earth to Premier Wynne...Earth to Premier Wynne... if you don't have legislation to deal with the situation then INTRODUCE LEGISLATION SO THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH IT! Stop being "concerned" and "alarmed"; get off your hands AND DO SOMETHING. Right now you are coming across as being useless and ineffective by hoping that somehow magically this will solve itself. IT WON'T.
kid / November 7, 2013 at 11:00 am
This is who I show people when they say all Half Asians are attractive...
Al replying to a comment from Moneesha / November 7, 2013 at 11:01 am
Under the current legislation that is correct. However, the Province has the power to change that legislation. Wynne can't do it herself, it would need to be voted on by the legislature. Perhaps, an amendment to the City of Toronto Act giving Torontonians the right to recall elected city officials would do the trick.
kt / November 7, 2013 at 11:03 am
The derogatory comments and hatred towards another human being is something all Torontonians should be ashamed of.

I agree that the mayor did wrong and should probably resign, but the behaviour of the city's citizens is no better.

No compassion, no mercy. May you receive the same should you mess up one day.
Chester replying to a comment from Al / November 7, 2013 at 11:09 am
I do believe that after this fiasco is over new legislation will come into effect to deal with situations like this. I'm shocked there isn't already a ethics or morals clause to deal with this. But the law is the law. You can't just take "extraordinary measures" for one individual that goes against the constitution and charter of rights and freedoms. Even if they changed the law this situation would still fall under the old law.
B / November 7, 2013 at 11:11 am
Nice tie.
Dylan replying to a comment from kid / November 7, 2013 at 11:11 am
Yours is the comment that exemplifies gloriously that Racism has not let his ugly, maggot infested soul wither and die despite voices of reason that shout at it to step down.

Sort of like, you know the voices at Rob Ford.

"Shit is Fucked"
Pluckysod replying to a comment from wakey up / November 7, 2013 at 11:15 am
Are you kidding? She's not going to wade into Toronto's mess and risk alienating suburban voters. The only time she could do it and get away with it would be well after Humpty Dumpty has fallen off the wall under the weight of his own actions and lies.
vdk4601 replying to a comment from Moneesha / November 7, 2013 at 11:15 am
it has to also be an indictable offence , not a summary conviction
Danny replying to a comment from kt / November 7, 2013 at 11:17 am
The rest of us aren't public servants who were elected to do something precisely the opposite of what's been done. What are you babbling about "mercy" for? It's not as though there are violent mobs outside City Hall.
Realist (mostly) replying to a comment from kt / November 7, 2013 at 11:22 am
I almost feel sorry for Rob Ford sometimes.

Then I remember that he's in complete denial of his substance abuse problems, that he hasn't sought help for his substance abuse problems, that he's been drunk or high at public events and apparently during work hours, that he's been lying about the existence of the crack video, that he's been involved with drug dealers and criminals, that one of his coaches on the Don Bosco football team had a criminal record, and that somebody *died* over the crack tape.

The time for compassion is after he's out of office and we know everything that has happened.

Keep in mind that we haven't necessarily gotten to the bottom of this yet; the police have an additional video, and allegedly there is a third one circulating as well.
hamish / November 7, 2013 at 11:30 am
DMW is not too far from the bike-hater - he was the lone vote against committing to do a mere study of Bloor bike lanes which is as much about expanding the subway for the price of paint as it is about bike safety.

But yes, the province could and should act. Since there's a real sense of breaking the Driving under Influence and entitlement, what about a special revoking of car driving privileges. Make the Ford take the subway or be driven.
akla replying to a comment from kt / November 7, 2013 at 11:50 am
The mayor, to this point, has taken no real responsibility for his actions. He has not owned his mistakes demonstratively, as he is choosing to remain mayor when he clearly needs space in order to gain perspective on the situation. Crack use has not been the only point of dispute, although it is a severe example of Ford's unwellness and poor judgment. Making mistakes is not the point of contention; more importantly is how we choose to respond. Ford has been manipulative, and has skirted questions until evidence was revealed. Trust is broken. Ford must accept this for now, and give the public some time to recover, and make space for new trust to be established once again.
Moss replying to a comment from kt / November 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm
Wanting him out of office and being compassionate are not mutually exclusive. He's clearly not fit to be our mayor, and having him stubbornly refuse to leave will do more harm to himself and his family than if he stepped down and out of the public eye. He clearly needs help, all we're asking is that he gets some and resigns his post with whatever remaining dignity he has left.
local replying to a comment from Realist (mostly) / November 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm
And don't forget his insufferable arrogance, most spectacularly exemplified by his refusal to step down. He claims he loves this city, but he so clearly does not. His actions make it loud and clear that his motivation for remaining in the Mayor's chair are entirely personal. His ego is so enormous, and his hatred of the "downtown elite", along with his detractors in the media, is so acute, he simply won't allow himself to step aside. Damage to the city's image and its ability to function properly be damned. Oh, and has "kt" forgotten about the multiple domestic disputes called into police by his wife? Ugh. He's a man-child who was given all the advantages in life, and was clearly led to believe he didn't have to be held accountable for his actions. Similarities can be drawn to George W. Bush, who also bizarrely enough resonated with working class and disenfranchised voters. Just because someone comes across as folksy and approachable doesn't make them so. WAKE UP. They're playing you like a violin.
Tom / November 7, 2013 at 01:07 pm
Can we rename this acticle,

Denzil Minnan-Wong seeks claim to fame!
steve / November 7, 2013 at 01:50 pm
Maybe we can ask the federal government to remove the provincial government for their illegal activities. After all an alcoholic with personal failings is less harmful than that corrupt government
Rach / November 7, 2013 at 01:56 pm
For Norm Kelly to think they can handle this circus, is ridiculous. The Province obviously does need to get involved so the City can go back to a state of normalcy that the Mayor obviously cannot provide.
northstation replying to a comment from kt / November 7, 2013 at 02:29 pm
Mistake? We all make mistakes but smoking crack while paling around with known felons while in office is not something we ought to ever forgive. Totally inexcusable. Crackheads and drunkards should not be allowed in our government!
northstation / November 7, 2013 at 02:30 pm
Rob Ford doesn't have to be convicted of anything because he already publicly admitted that he did it! Get rid of him now!
Donald / November 7, 2013 at 02:50 pm
Awesome photograph!

Classic Renaissance 'pyramid' composition of the central figure, Saint Denzil, complete with intense yet vacuous stare. Microphones emphasize the pyramid and mimic the adoring crowds of zealots and your regular unwashed, as Saint Denzil preaches.

But, in a brilliant nod to the seminal Kent State photo, the wall divider line is left unedited to pierce Saint Denzil's head, even aligning perfectly with his glasses. Is this a metaphor, Saint Denzil "sees" the past while providing succor to the madding crowd? This background metaphoric piercing line is subtly echoed by the faint potlights, are they a modern halo on his tousled head? All this is confirmed by the reflections in his glasses: truly Saint Denzil is a blessed seer!

The photograph keeps giving: incredible counterpoint between modernity and history with the captivating microphone contrast, intensity and nonchalance: why is winter-lady so uninterested, who is that gophering in the background? Is douchewaffle an appointed acolyte or a Roman? Saint Denzil divides the picture plane between warm and cool, a sophisticated foreshadowing of his potential to lead the flock from chaos to a peaceful existence.
raptors / November 7, 2013 at 03:18 pm
What I want to know is why the police haven't arrested him him yet. They not only have the incriminating video in their possession, but now he ha confessed to the crime. Why does he get to keep doing his job? I guess our public official are above the law.
fspasos replying to a comment from FordBad / November 7, 2013 at 03:26 pm
Maybe Wong is wong!..maybe he took video or had someone take video to get rid of Ford...he wants to be mayor maybe?..someone set the guy up...
fspasos replying to a comment from Tom / November 7, 2013 at 03:28 pm
maybe you are right on bro..maybe he's been working behind the scenes with the police and all the other councillors who want Ford out...and where is this infamous "crack video"?? all I see is a very upset guy ranting about someone who has screwed him...
raptors replying to a comment from fspasos / November 7, 2013 at 03:57 pm
Set him up? Did someone also force him to confess to the deed in front of the world? Put down the kool-aid man. Or should I say crack?
Jefferson / November 7, 2013 at 04:12 pm
Rats jumping the ship before the s.s. Ford hits another video iceberg
Anthony Anderson / November 7, 2013 at 04:29 pm
So the Mayor has been caught in another amateur video blooper- can we just submit all these things to America's Funniest Videos and let the studio audience decide if he should resign?
Claire replying to a comment from Moneesha / November 7, 2013 at 07:40 pm
Moneesha, Seriously........why are you defending this very troubled individual? By supporting him right now, you are enabling him into thinking he does not have a serious problem. I really want to understand the reasons that Rob Ford has a support. We are a laughing stock in the world. He is a horrible example for our youth.....and most importantly, he is very sick and needs help immediately. You and his followers are in fact encouraging him........and could actually lead him to his death. If that's what you want......keep on supporting him. It would be very is very tragic already.
Ryan / November 8, 2013 at 11:11 am
In a democracy the process is more important than the outcome or results. When you toy with that , you are playing with fire.

By law he does not have to step down. Having officials change that law to remove him is not democratic.. especially without a vote from the people who elected these officials.

If people want him gone ... then they should actually vote this year in the election. The tiny amount of people who actually vote is shameful ..and a slap in the face to people who live in countries without that right.
Dave / November 9, 2013 at 11:04 am
Hi my name is Dave and I approve of the 27 messages I've written on this post under different names. If you can't enable an etobicoke right ring drug family then what's the point of freedom of speech and running a city
AC / November 9, 2013 at 11:38 am
Mayor Ford: The man who puts the coke in Etobicoke.

Is it true that he asked to have it renamed Etobicrack?
George / January 23, 2014 at 02:54 pm
Just spoke with councillor minnan Wong. What a ass he tell me I am not allowed to park in front of my home because he has the "right" to drive by unimpeded if he so chooses. And if I don't like it I should move. How about you get your fat ass out the car and walk, bicycle or here it is take transit. This guy sucks . Don't vote for this dictator
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