Ontario Preme Kathleen Wynne Releases Statement on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford – Partisan Politics? POLL

Ontario Preme Kathleen Wynne Releases Statement on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford – Partisan Politics?  POLL

Kathleen_WynneCFN – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has waded into the Rob Ford situation again.   This time she’s released a new statement.

 

“As I have said from day one, we have been watching this situation closely and listening carefully. Events obviously continue to move quickly. The things we are seeing and hearing about Mayor Rob Ford are truly disturbing. Yesterday, City Council voted to request the mayor take a leave of absence.

As Premier of Ontario, the principles that are guiding me on this issue are as follows:

One, the City of Toronto has a mayor and council that were elected by the residents of Toronto and must be accountable to them. It is up to the municipal level of government to address the issues they face. It is not the provincial government’s role, nor its intention to impose its preferences upon that government.

Two, Toronto City Council has to be able to function.

Three, if council were to clearly indicate that they lack the ability to function as a result of this matter, the province would respond to a request from council to be provided new tools, depending on what that request might be.

Four, because of the extraordinary and unique nature of this type of intervention, I would consult with the other party leaders to see if our legislature could move unanimously if required.

The last thing this terrible situation needs is a layer of partisan politics. Within Ontario’s legislature and across this city, we all have to stand together to represent the best interests of the people.

At every level, your government is here to serve you.

Toronto is a great city in an amazing province. We have a proud history and a bright future.

Toronto is greater than one politician or one government.  Ontario is greater than one politician or one government.

I understand that people are affected by what is happening at this moment.

But I want the people of Toronto to know that we will not be defined by this.

And we will all work together to ensure the people’s interests are served.”

Imagine?  A Premier that can take a partisan shot at a Conservative Mayor, albeit a crack smoking, now allegedly whoring and oxy snorting and whisky consuming one.

What tools is Premier Wynne talking about?   And should these tools for municipalities also apply at a Provincial level?   Clearly The government that she’s been a part of for a very long time have known about many municipal issues.   While the allegations against Toronto Mayor Ford are embarrassing to most; and insane in many ways, he has not been alleged to have stolen from the public or swindled?  He’s not connected to shady land deals involving relatives or helping in some way get his son a gig with a local fire department.

He’s been exposed for being a train wreck of a mess.  Frankly many people these days are train wrecks.  It doesn’t mean they can’t function.

While this is not an endorsement of Rob Ford who I think think has failed utterly in how he has handled this total situation it shouldn’t surprise anyone.  Toronto chose to elect a Chris Farley impersonator.   They probably will vote for him again.

Yes, Ontario needs new tools for the toothless municipal act.  It needs them at the Provincial level too.   Will Ms Wynne act on that or is it only Conservative’s with issues that she voices out on?

Should Kathleen Wynne Meddle in the Rob Ford Situation?

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It’s sad to see any politician trying to make hay at the suffering of the people of Toronto now.   It’s time for healing and it’s time for Mayor Ford to take a breather and go dry out.   Dropping taxes will be here when he gets back, and while we’re waiting for these tools Premier Wynne is splarting about the people will get to decide next October.

What do you think dear viewers?  You can post your comments below.

 

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Eric
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Quebec put a law in place earlier this year that would allow a judge to remove a mayor, there is a precedent.

Our wallets will need hinges over her “revenue tools”, how about “new tools” to reduce the hundreds of billions on debt and deficits before getting involved with Toronto. How about allowing communities to say no to the green energy wind farm boondoggle? How is more debt with green bonds going to help?

Rob Ford, get a driver, stay home and shut your mouth for a while.

stellabystarlight
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As the results of your poll indicates it is not up to Wynn to make changes to a municipal issue. If the media and city council left Rob alone and gave him the opportunity to deal with his issues in his own way, the man would have half a chance to correct and transform his past behaviors. He has done a fantastic job so far even with an alleged drinking problem, so what is the big deal? If he had failed in what he was elected to do, then people would have a legitimate reason to ask for his resignation.… Read more »
Furtz
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This isn’t a Con/Lib/Dipper issue. It’s about the Mayor of Canada’s largest city who is mentally out of control, and is clearly not fit to hold public office. The damage he has and continues to inflict on Canada’s and Toronto’s reputation world wide is unfathomable. We’ve never seen anything like this before. There should be provincial legislation in place to deal with extreme situations like this even if it only has to be used once.

wow
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“He’s not connected to shady land deals involving relatives or helping in some way get his son a gig with a local fire department.” Are you on crack????? He’s been tied to gangsters.. some who are involved in murder or have been murdered, he’s “closest friend” is facing serious extortion charges, he’s admitted to buying drugs and filmed smoking crack, planning a murder and you still want to defend him, solely on the basis that he is a conservative??????? I don’t care what affiliation he is tied to. I honestly don’t know how to respond to your biased blogging anymore.
Furtz
Member

Oh come on Admin. There always have been and always will be sleazy self-serving dishonest people elected to all levels of government in Canada. Ford is a totally different case. He is an out of control alcohol/whatever addict who needs help. He is clearly not fit to be running Canada’s largest city, and that fact is news around the world. It gets worse every day! As slippery and slimy that Kilger might be, he’s not the mayor of Toronto and he’s not a monumental embarrassment to all Canadians.

stellabystarlight
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The people voted him in, let the people have the choice to vote him out. That is democracy.

Is a person not allowed to be forgiven and given a chance to turn himself around? Has he harmed anyone? The only harm he did, if any, is to himself and his reputation. He alone has to face the music not the public. His accomplishments should out way his personal problems..

StellaTheFella
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Stella Mayor Rob Ford should be fired for dragging his wife thru city hall today instead of going out the back entrance…after his disgusting vulgar comments about oral sex…he drags out his wife…WHO media had left alone not even printing stuff about her released in police documents. Come on How Dare You…the lady who accused a store clerk of theft..come on here and defend this sick sick man..this is beyond funny…even Fords closest friend at City hall Mammamota(sic) told Toronto Sun that he felt Mayor Ford was under the influence right then in council chambers. You are starting to sound… Read more »
stopDroneSTRIKES
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Stellastarship Mayor Ford admitted to drinking and driving today blitzed out of his mind So far he hasn’t killed anybody..although that released video shows him wanting to KILL somebody Its like George Bush and the white powder and his drunk driving You conservatives turn a blind eye to this fool…even stevie harper who was gladhanding with Ford couple of months ago…is in hiding This despite the fact Ford was one of the few people on ‘Canada to have a private holiday with Prime minister Harper at his retreat Lets see Doing Crack// Drinking yourself into a stupor/ drunk driving /… Read more »
Big MAC
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“What a person does in their personal life is their business” Stellabyestarlight Madame your missing the point Mr Ford has been drunk on company time He has thrown out of a charity ball for our Wounded Veterans because he was high He gets so outta of it that he hangs with a group of Gang Bangers…one who got shot thru the head and others that are now sitting in jail for running guns and drugs Does he have to pull s “Jack Ruby” on National TV before you will open your eyes Stella He like Prime Minister Harper is now… Read more »
Devon
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Agreed Stellabystarlight. I would vote for him in a heartbeat if living in T.O. Can’t stand the left. Toronto has too many cry ass, finger ponting, rich T.I.F.F. socialite wannabees. T.O. needs a guy who can get things done..not pink, fluffed-up politics from the likes of Chow and the “trendy” left.

gimme-a-break
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Funny thing is, if they had a vote on day 1 of his term, council would have voted to remove him. This is no secret. Gotta love the media.

Furtz
Guest

As of today, Ford has been stripped of almost all of his powers as mayor. He is mayor in title only. Now pretty much all he can do is cut ribbons and show up at public functions, drunk or sober.

Furtz
Member

@ Devon. You’re joking, right?

stellabystarlight
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@Furtz………NOPE Devon is not joking. She believes (by her post) that people should be allowed a chance. No one on the face of the earth can honestly say they have never done anything wrong or went astray.. Until one has walked in another man’s shoes or experienced some type of addiction no one should judge another. When one is troubled and needs counselling you don’t knock them down then kick them in the teeth. A little compassion and understanding goes a long way. But you know what Furtz……..I still like you and love your sense of humor.
Furtz
Member
@ Stella. I would agree with you if it was only a few screw ups…even big ones. Ford has been out of control for years now, and clearly needs help. As a councilor before he was elected mayor, he got into a drunken tirade threatening people at a Leafs game. Since elected mayor, he has appeared in public and at OFFICIAL PUBLIC FUNCTIONS pissed out of his tree and incoherent! He hangs out with known criminal gang members, and smokes crack, and has admitted to buying illegal drugs since becoming the mayor of Toronto! By his own admission he drives… Read more »
David Oldham
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If Kathleen Wynne is offering to assist Toronto with its little problem perhaps we should ask her for her assistance with our Mayor and his problems.

PastorFIG_Newton
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stellabystarlight When one is troubled and needs counseling you don’t knock them down then kick them in the teeth It seems very strange madame stella that you can make a statement like this but you continue to avoid your accusing a store clerk of theft…mocking them in a city newspaper… You didn’t offer them counseling You just kick them in the teeth ..declaring you knew the facts becoming judge jury and executioner sorta like alderman Doug Ford…what gives??? Then there is the issue of Betrayed who claimed you “outed” his wife at City Hall Seems as stellatheFELLA says you not… Read more »
Big Mac
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“But you know what Furtz……..I still love you”
Starlight to Mr Furtz
Oh my gosh I must have mis spoke but like Mayor Rob Ford I can apologize to Stellabyestarlight later
and claim i will never ever ever ever trash her love for Furtz again

Hoi_TheBoy
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stellystarlight
“No one on the face of the earth can honestly say they have never done anything wrong”

Sorry Ms Light your cornwall mayor would disagree with this statement

Michael Clifton
Guest

Our previous municipal election here in Toronto featured two leading contenders for the mayor’s office.

The other contender who lost is a fellow by the name of George Smitherman. Mr. Smitherman has the personality of an atom bomb and has admitted publically to a recreational drug habit (in his past?). He was a liability as a provincial health minister before his run for mayor as well.

I’m just saying, it wasn’t an easy choice to make for a lot of voters.

Devon
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Based on the short list of 2014 T.O. mayoral candidates…If an election were to happen tomorrow, I believe that I, along with thousands of other people would vote for Ford..would he have enought to win? Don’t know..not if he keeps shooting his mouth off. My vote is not necessarily for Ford himself, but rather a vote against the extreme left. Wynne should know to keep her unelected nose out of it..she’s a “Billion Dollar Paper Premiere” of a Liberal Have-Not Province…What irks me is that certain Liberal T.O. Council members, who have their eye on next years Mayoral chair, were… Read more »
Furtz
Member

So, Devon. You’d prefer an alcoholic crack-head with strong criminal ties and obvious mental issues as long as he shares your political views? Alrighty then.

stellabystarlight
Guest
Fig newton what don’t you understand? FOR THE 50TH TIME I WILL REPEAT. . First off, I NEVER MENTIONED ANY NAMES Got That? If you have a guilty conscience that is not my problem. THIS NAMELESS PERSON STOLE MONEY FROM ME…..YOURS TRULY. GO THAT? THIS NAMELESS PERSON WAS FIRED FROM A JOB AT THE MALL FOR THE SAME THING…… STEALING. GOT THAT? So for the record…….no names were mentioned and it is a fact……..got that? It really make one wonder when you keep bringing this fact up. FOR THE 50TH TIME I WILL REPEAT. THE PERSON AT CITY HALL WAS… Read more »
Furtz
Member
@ Stella. Do you honestly believe that it was Ford’s political enemies who fed him the booze and drugs so he would appear in public and at public functions all sh!t-faced and incoherent? And his political enemies forced him to admit to drinking and driving, and buying illegal drugs since becoming mayor? And making bizarre statements about his private sex life? And on and on.. This tragic downfall is entirely of his own making. His own friends and political allies have been begging him to get help, and he’s told them all to eff off. Toronto’s reputation around the world… Read more »
Michael Clifton
Guest

If Rob Ford, right now, declared publically, and went through with a real “recovery program” and emerged sober, focused and healthy in his return to office, with a period of success upon return – he would be bigger than God! Everywhere!
That kind of immortality is that easy AND that hard to grasp.

Furtz
Member

That might be true Michael, but in the meantime, Toronto’s most senior police homicide detective is still investigating. The Ford file hasn’t been closed yet.

Michael Clifton
Guest

@Furtz
I think you and I share the same sentiments on this issue.

My comment is meant with a measure of unstated irony..

What was it my dad used to say? – ” that m@(*#@W# ‘s got more nerve than a canal horse”

Michael Clifton
Guest

I’m sorry to once again find myself stacking my comments.
I apologize okay?!!!,
I’m not not perfect, is any body out there who’s perfect???!!! erh I’m sorry for my last comments anyway…..

I’d like to retract my previous comments about Rob Ford maybe becoming “bigger than God”.
I apologize for the politically incorrect religious reference (you’d think I’d have learned from John Lennon). I’d like to amend that to “Rob Ford could be bigger than Jared Fogle” – you know the Subway Guy?!

Furtz
Member

@ Michael. Who the hell is Jared Fogle? I don’t watch or have a TV.
Don’t feel bad about declaring Ford greater than God. He’s getting way more news coverage right now than God and Jesus combined.

Peter_Jenkin
Guest
DStellabyestarlight wrote this in free holder in June “The corner store at Fourth and XXXXXXXXX probably had to close for the same reason….theft by an employee. It was a big joke around town when this person was hired. Stellabyestarlight June 12th in Free holder “THIS NAMELESS PERSON STOLE MONEY FROM ME…..YOURS TRULY” stellabyestarlight Nov 16th Point One… For the comment/ you made above/ to be true/ you would have to be the Owner of this store…right??? ” Your Comment says / “PROBABLY”/ as to why this store closed” Your Comment says/It was a BIG JOKE” when this person was hired…… Read more »
Michael Clifton
Guest

@Furtz
Jared is the public face of the Subway sandwich empire. At one point he dedicated his life to losing his excess weight through a disciplined consumption of submarine sandwiches. And hell, if it didn’t work! Soon people were craning their necks on the street (in the ads anyway) to catch a glimpse of the new lean, mean submarine sandwich-eating machine (like the Beatles even). Jared’s been around for awhile now and I think some of the excitement’s wound down about his sandwich celelbrity.
Hopefully he didn’t blow all his money on hookers, coke and limos.

Furtz
Member

Thanks Michael. I miss a lot of stuff without TV.

Michael Clifton
Guest

@Furtz
Erhhh, actually, I don’t think you’re missing much at all.
Excuse me, I’m sorry, I have to eat a submarine sandwich now.

Furtz
Member

About tn years ago, I was the only person at work who wasn’t always saying “yada yada yada”.

Michael Clifton
Guest

I don’t have a television either and haven’t for the last 10 years. I can’t say I miss it.
I don’t look down on TV – it’s just not my thing.

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