Rob Ford says he’ll appeal ruling that gives him 14 days to get out

‘Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,’ Ford says after ruling

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been removed from office and has 14 days to vacate his seat, after a judgment from Ontario Superior Court Judge Charles Hackland Monday morning.

Hackland, the same judge who famously tossed out former MP Helena Guergis’ lawsuit against Prime Minister Stephen Harper, had been deliberating on a case that revolved around Ford’s decision in February to vote during a council meeting on whether he should be forced to repay money he solicited from city lobbyists and businesses for his personal football charity in 2010, while he was still a city councillor.

The decision gives Ford 14 days to leave office, but it does not bar him from running for office again, as Hackland wrote that he will “decline to impose any further disqualification.”

“In view of the respondent’s leadership role in ensuring integrity in the 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 dismissing and confrontational attitude to the integrity commissioner and the code of conduct,” Hackland wrote in his judgment. “In my opinion, the respondents’ actions were characterized by ignorance of the law and a lack of diligence in securing professional advice, amounting to willful blindness.”

Ford said he will appeal and if he loses, he will run in a byelection to reclaim his seat.

“I’ll be first on the ballot,” he told reporters. ”This comes down to left-wing politics. The left wing wants me out of here and they will do anything in their power.

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”

Ford said he will continue his fight for the taxpayers.

Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday is expected to step in as interim mayor. Council can agree to appoint Holyday mayor until the next election, can appoint someone else as mayor, or can call a byelection within 60 days. Ford would be able to run for re-election in a byelection.

The case began when the city’s integrity commissioner, Janet Leiper, ruled that Ford had acted inappropriately when he used city letterhead to ask for donations to the Rob Ford Football Foundation, which gives sports equipment to low-income students, and then accepted $3,150 from seven lobbyists and their clients, including Woodbine Entertainment.

Council tossed out the integrity commissioner’s order at the February meeting. But Toronto resident Paul Magder sued Ford, saying it was a conflict of interest for him to have voted on the motion. At the time, Ford told council he shouldn’t have to pay back the donations because they had already been spent. “The money is gone,” he said. “The money has been spent on football equipment.”

At a hearing in September, Ford told the court he had expected city legal staff to warn him if he was in a conflict of interest and that his charity fundraising activities hadn’t violated any city rules because neither he nor the city benefited from the donations.

His lawyer, Alan Lenczner, argued that neither the integrity commissioner, nor council, had the authority to order Ford to repay the donations in the first place.

Magder’s lawyer, Clayton Ruby, accused Ford of “flagrant and deliberate” conduct and argued the mayor was a seasoned municipal politician who should have been familiar enough with city rules to know that councillors must declare a conflict when they stand to financially benefit from a council vote.

Councillor Paula Fletcher said it’s an unfortunate situation.

“All he had to do was pay back the money,”  she said. “When he chose not to do that, he chose a different path.”

She said she was “embarrassed” on behalf of the city that a court had to remove the mayor.

Ford’s dedication to his football team, the Don Bosco Eagles, is both legendary and controversial. Earlier this month, he left a council meeting early, skipping an important discussion on the city’s $8.4-billion light-rail transit plan, to coach a playoff game that ended in a fight. The city later sent two Toronto Transit Commission buses to the game at the request of police, kicking paying customers off in the rain to ferry Ford’s football players. Ford later came under fire for calling TTC CEO Andy Byford and demanding to know when the buses would arrive.

Ford’s legal troubles are far from over. The mayor still faces a ruling in a separate $6-million defamation suit by restaurateur George Foulidis after Ford highlighted an 20-year contract awarded to Fouldis’ beach-side cafe as part of his 2010 mayoral campaign, saying the deal “stinks to high heaven.”




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Rob Ford says he’ll appeal ruling that gives him 14 days to get out

  1. Ford needs to go!

    • It was the right decision and the only one the Judge could make.

  2. Wonder what Mr. Fords “new fishing partner” thinks of all this?

    “Rob is doing something really important that needs to be done here; he is cleaning up the NDP mess here in Toronto,” Harper said to a round of applause, “and that’s great.”

    Would that be the mess of honest government, Mr. Harper?

  3. The over-the-top push by the Left to have Ford removed from Office has assured at least another term for Ford and maybe more. If they had left him alone he would have burnt himself out during his term.
    But now there will be a backlash against the left and Ford will be swept back into power.

    Think of the campaign: You lefties on Council wanted to get rid of me so badly that you took me to Court for asking corporations to give to a Charity to help disadvantaged youth.

    The Stupid, Stupid Left !

    • There, there.. just have a glass of warm milk and a lie down.. I’m sure there’s other corrupt politicians out there for you to support.

      • Just watch the backlash against Fontana, the Liberal Mayor of London, by the people when they find out that he used public funds for family use.

        Then watch the people get behind the Conservative Mayor, Ford, after the left and their lawyers and judges decided that he should be removed from office for helping to raise money for disadvantaged youth.

        This will be an easy choice for the people to make.

        I can`t believe how out-of-touch and Stupid you lefties are.

        • “…removed from office for helping to raise money for disadvantaged youth.”

          Lying: As natural to Andrew as breathing.

          • Did Ford take the 3000 dollars he helped raise and use it for a family gathering ?
            No. he gave it to a Charity—that was his intent.

            The Judge in this case just re-elected Ford to another 4 year term.

            I really would not call you lefties liars, or monoliths, or even lunatics—but you are being very stupid if your wish was to get rid of Ford.

          • He violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act which requires his removal from office.

            Which part of that do you contest or not understand?

          • Please show us the part in the law where it says raising money for charity is a crime. Oh, that’s not what the law says and that’s not what Ford is being penalized for? Glad you cleared that up for us.

        • The right voting populace has shown themselves to be stupid, but not quite THAT stupid.

    • Perhaps you and your ilk should rethink the whole mandatory sentencing thingee, cuz I don’t think the judge had any options once he was proven guilty. One of those “be careful what you wish for” scenarios biting the rightwing corrupt pol on his large arse.

    • “The over-the-top push by the Left to have Ford removed from Office…”

      “The Left” isn’t a monolithic entity and doesn’t control the judiciary. Stop spouting nonsense.

      I don’t think there’s such a thing as “lunatic fringe” either, but if there were, you’d be one of its most frayed threads.

  4. Rob Ford found guilty..Joe Fontana, corrupt City of London mayor – Province of Ontario, Billions of tax-dollars, your money missing….Canadian taxpayers money stolen – OK, maybe not stolen, but where is this cash.

    Are Canadians so ignorant to the simple fact our seasoned Canadian politicians are more concerned about themselves, their friends and families – than the very people who elected them into office….Canadians!

    Canadians require new laws to protect them from corrupt and greedy Canadian politicians, laws that will put these political idiots in jail where they belong…. look up, Canadian political scandals timeline – wake-up CANADA……Michael

  5. So sorry Rob! You were one of Toronto’s best mayors!

    • HI Doug!

      Sorry bud, you were caught out this time.next time just follow the law or actually pay back the illegal money when you’re ordered to.

  6. What was that thing again about “Canada’s most corrupt province”? Quebec totally laughing it’s ass off at Maclean’s right now

    • There are degrees of corruption; I don’t think this remotely compares to what is happening in Montreal (and I say this even though I’m definitely NOT a Ford fan and have a smug grin on my face thanks to this story).

  7. SHAPE up, or ship out!

    • That’s actually really funny!

  8. What will happen if Ford win’s again, he will have another 4 years. The judge should have just left him alone for the rest of the remaining 2 years and then ban him for running for mayor for 7 years. Now the STUPID DUMB Torontonians who voted for him will get what they want. I know more then 100 people and they say they didn’t vote for him and I just think that 2010′s Election was another fraudulent election because of this. I would never vote for him! He makes Toronto look bad with his Scandals and Controversy.

  9. Plus who would vote for him!

  10. Who is Justice Charles T. Hackland? Regional Senior Judge for East Region located in Ottawa. Went three for three on political cases for Cons until somebody noticat Ford would make four. So what to do?

    I know. Make him go against Ford but have him overdo it to give him good grounds for appeal. A win at the higher court would allow for vindication after a suitable time for Ford to play victim to the “evil” left.

    If this is the plan, look for tainted judges at Div Court on the Ford case … in Toronto, they have many to choose from … Justice Campbell, Justice Wilkins, Justice John MacDonald (oops already used him on other Ford case), Justice Jennings, Justice Sanderson, Justice Horkins, Justice Marroco, … too many to mention … but it’s gonna be interesting…

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