CFN – Rob Ford is still mayor of Toronto, our largest city in Canada as of press time. It’s been an interesting week for the mayor as he circles the wagons and staff member after staff member fall off either by firing or resignation.
What we do know is that when your inner circle leaves that’s generally not a good thing. It’s not a ringing endorsement of support or indicator of innocence.
Even Premier Kathleen Wynne has taken some shots at Mayor Ford; but she’s an a slippery slope herself as election day draws nearer.
I personally have nearly 60 tabs open of Rob Ford stories.
Late Night Chats with Rob Ford. Warren Kinsella asking Money Shot Questions that still haven’t been answered. Clever headlines such as asking if Rob Ford’s Mayoralty is Up in Smoke. 9 Things We Don’t Know about Rob Ford. Covering Up of Records by IT Geeks. Rob saying things are great as staffers leave.
While Ms Wynne is busy commenting about Rob Ford I think we all owe the Mayor a debt of gratitude for he’s showing that in Ontario the Municipal Act needs Urgent and Draconian modifications. It needs teeth. It needs to protect the people and taxpayers from incompetent, corrupt, immoral, ignorant, and arrogant politicians that instead of having to be accountable for their words and actions instead bleed taxpayers as they cover up their scandals knowing that short of being caught with a gun in their hands over a crack dealer with an iPhone can thumb their noses and tra la la as long as they really want to.
We’re seeing the same thing here in Cornwall Ontario where Mayor Bob Kilger, long time Liberal chum of former Preme Dalton McGuinty is using the same play book with the assistance of Super Lawyer Will McDowell who happens to be with the same law firm…you guessed it…as the one that helped Rob Ford out of one of his many pickles. In fact Cornwall City Councilor and failed Federal candidate Bernadette Clement, a lawyer herself, has participated in Ms Wynne’s transition team as well as being co-chair of the Leadership convention.
Ms Wynne’s words:
“It’s concerning to me if there are issues, whether they’re personal issues, that get in the way of a government, a municipal government, being able to work in the best interest of the city,”
“So I think whatever those issues are, they need to be dealt with as quickly as possible so that the council and the leadership of the council can get on with dealing with the business of governing the city.”
“I’m worried about what’s going on at City Hall,” Wynne said Tuesday. “There’s a lot of confusion about what’s happening and what is going to happen.
“It’s difficult to lead, it’s difficult to govern, when the ability to focus is compromised.”
Until Ms Wynne, or her replacement, grab the Municipal Act by the pages and make some sense of it taxpayers will bleed money across Ontario. There has to be a way other than individuals issuing suit or having to wait until an election to hold wrongdoing accountable. As Clayton Ruby suggested; a lawsuit like the one he brought against Mayor Ford for his Conflict of Interest would cost over $400,000 in legal fees.
When we contacted Ms Wynne’s office for comment about the Mayor Kilger situation we were dumped to another mouthpiece who simply stated that they could not comment because of current litigation; but the issues, at least in Cornwall, are far more than the three current lawsuits against the city and Mayor.