The frontpage from August 2010 when then-Councillor Howard Moscoe proclaimed a Mayor Rob Ford wouldn’t be able to “pass gas” without council’s permission.
When it started to look like Councillor Rob Ford was on track to become mayor during the 2010 election, it wasn’t surprising when some of his long-time council foes came out swinging against him.
Predictions of council working around the mayor and Ford becoming a mayor in name only seemed wild (scroll down to the story from the Sun archives).
This was the story where retiring Councillor Howard Moscoe proclaimed: “(Ford) won’t be able to pass gas without the permission of council.”
Flash forward to March 2012 and Ford just had another embarrassing loss at city council, this time over who sits on the TTC commission and its composition (the number of councillors and citizens). This latest council revolt was led by TTC chair Karen Stintz. It’s the second transit vote in a month where she’s managed to derail the mayor.
Ford loses is the headline of the day (see story here). The headline could easily be Ford can’t pass gas without Stintz’s permission.
A mayor who can’t get the items he wants through city council could have a long two and a half years until the next election.
Even Ford’s supporters said Monday’s vote should teach the mayor a lesson.
“In terms of moving forward with that same level of enthusiasm, maybe we have to move a little bit slower,” Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said.
Ford wasn’t sounding as humbled when he went on AM640 last night and took some swings at the new commission with its turn to “the hard left”.
“I think the taxpayers lost pretty big today,” he told the radio station.
Sounds like some gas pains ahead.
Here’s the “pass gas” story from back in 2010:
Thursday, August 26, 2010
A pass from left wing
Some left-leaning Toronto city councillors weren’t pulling their punches when asked how they feel about the thought of Councillor Rob Ford becoming Toronto’s next mayor.
“In my opinion, if Mayor Ford is elected, city council will have a caucus meeting and they will choose their own mayor and (Ford) will be the mayor in name,” retiring Councillor Kyle Rae said Wednesday during the last city council meeting before the Oct. 25 vote.
“I hope that the citizens of Toronto wake up … I can’t believe Toronto is prepared to do it.”
Rae stressed Ford has no track record of bringing items to council and getting them passed.
“All he has done is attack and vilify other members’ work, he has got nothing he can point to,” he said.
But would councillors really rebel against an elected mayor?
Rae — who Ford keeps slamming for holding a $12,000-taxpayer-funded goodbye party — says it is a real possibility.
“Most thinking people in Toronto would be so embarrassed by him being mayor that there would be an obligation on council to do something,” he said.
Councillor Howard Moscoe was a little more colourful in how he sees a Mayor Ford interacting with council.
“He won’t be able to pass gas without the permission of council,” Moscoe said.
When asked if he thinks Ford will be able to work with council, he added: “Depends how often he wants to pass gas.”
Councillor Maria Augimeri said Rae may be right about council having to go rogue against a Mayor Ford.
“I have yet to know that he’s read a report, (the mayor) needs to be intellectually engaged,” she said. “You need to be able to be an avid reader and promoter of the city, simple pat actions won’t do, Band-Aid solutions won’t do … there is no quick fix (for the city).”
The York Centre councillor said it’s “appalling” that Ford is ahead in the polls.
“But we’ve elected a clown before,” Augimeri said.
Although mayor Mel Lastman wasn’t “intellectually engaged” he still could work with council, unlike Ford, she said.
“Mel had something that this guy just doesn’t have, he understood his shortcomings,” she said.
Councillor Adam Vaughan said the possibility of Ford winning is still up in the air.
“The ballot question has been framed, ‘Rob Ford? Yes or no,’ ” Vaughan said, adding the latest poll has 60% of the city saying “no” to the idea. “It’s just a question of where the ‘no’ vote moves now.”
Asked whether he’s mulling a run at the mayor’s chair, Vaughan opted for a “no comment.”
Mayor David Miller — who stressed he’s not jumping into the race and isn’t polling the odds of a comeback — dodged a question about whether he’s worried about a Mayor Ford taking over.
“It’s up to the people of Toronto who they elect,” Miller said. “Lots of things get said in elections, some of them have some basis to do with facts.”
Early Wednesday, federal NDP Leader Jack Layton held up mayoral candidate Joe Pantalone as his favourite in the race. The deputy mayor is trailing in the polls but vowed he’s the standard bearer of the left in this year’s race.
“Jack Layton’s endorsement means there is no illusion or some make-believe progressive candidate,” Pantalone said. “There is only one progressive candidate in this race for mayor and that’s Joe Pantalone.”
Layton didn’t see a problem with a federal politician wading into a municipal race.
“I think it is important if you care about your city to speak out about the issues that lie before us,” he said.
The former Toronto councillor declined to share his thoughts on Ford.
Layton’s endorsement comes after Pantalone endorsed his son Mike Layton to replace him as the councillor for Ward 19.