CFN – 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?
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.
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