Rob Ford skips meeting of 'big city mayors'

It was hard not to miss who was missing at the “big city mayors” meeting in Saskatoon.

The caucus gathered on Thursday in Saskatoon at the start of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference.

Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi was there. So too Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and eight other top guns from Vancouver to St. John’s.

But as the Toronto Star is reporting, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was a no-show.

“I don’t go to FCM,” Ford advised reporters in the days before the summit. “Since when do I go to the FCM?”

In a conference call after their talks, the mayors said they’d agreed that in order to reverse decline the municipalities need a bigger share of the tax dollar from the federal government.