Don Peat - April 3rd, 2013
Mayor Rob Ford at City Hall on April 3, 2013 (Dave Abel, Toronto Sun)
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford thinks Ontario should go to the polls this May.
Ford said Wednesday there should “absolutely” be a provincial election this spring.
“I’m in favour of having a provincial election,” he said. “I think people want to go to the polls and send a message.”
The mayor said “there could be a lot of interesting issues” the province could debate during an election.
Ford’s comments come as his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, is openly musing (again) about running for the provincial Progressive Conservatives and daring Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to call a May election (story here).
Don Peat - March 14th, 2013
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford have yet to have a formal meeting.
The provincial Liberal leader has been in charge for more than a month now and the two leaders are only 2 km apart so the lack of a meeting seems rather odd.
Wynne brushed off the fact she’s yet to have a face-to-face with Ford during a press conference which he also attended Wednesday.
“We’ve had two conversations I think,” she said.
“There is a plan to get together, it is a matter of dueling calendars but when we have needed to talk to each other we have each other’s phone numbers.”
At Wednesday’s press conference it was clear again Ford and Wynne still disagree on the need to have new taxes or tolls to fund transit (story here).
That disagreement could make for an interesting meeting … if it ever happens.
Don Peat - June 14th, 2012
Mayor Rob Ford got a “Wynne” Wednesday when Municipal Affairs Minister Kathleen Wynne agreed to give her consent to the city’s sale of 65 TCHC homes (story here).
Ford celebrated the Wynne-win with a two sentence statement thanking the Premier (and not Wynne) for getting the green light to sell the Toronto Community Housing Corp. houses worth an estimated $24 million.
“I’d like to thank the Premier for his quick action on this issue. I look forward to receiving the Minister’s letter so we can move forward to make critical repairs that will improve the lives of hundreds of families in TCHC buildings.”
The Sun snagged a copy of the minister’s letter sent to the mayor’s office (see photo above) confirming she is granting ministerial consent to sell the homes.
In her official letter to the mayor, Wynne repeats she had wanted to see council deal with the special working group’s recommendations on housing before making the decision to sell the 65 properties. But Wynne states she’ll respect the will of council.
“Thank you for bringing your concerns to the attention of the government,” Wynne writes to Ford. “Please accept my best wishes.”