TTC Favours By-Election Over Appointment If Ford Removed From Office

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“We’ve fought against sole sourcing city contracts, and now we’re fighting against sole sourcing our mayor” – Coalition president Matthew McGuire

Toronto Taxpayers Coalition is urging City Council to call a by-election should Rob Ford lose his appeal of a court decision to remove him from office.

Under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, City Council has the authority to appoint somebody as mayor or call a by-election to let voters decide on their replacement mayor for the remainder of the term.

“Toronto voters elected Rob Ford as mayor,” stated coalition president Matthew McGuire. “If he is removed from office, Toronto voters should decide who will replace him for the remainder of the term.”

Although a by-election in Toronto may cost as much as $12 million, McGuire said the coalition believes this is a small price to pay for democracy.

“Even a fiscally conservative appointee would be accountable only to the councillors who voted for them. We want the mayor to be accountable to the voters who pay the taxes.”

“We believe every mayor of Toronto should be elected by the voters,” he said. “In Canada we appoint Senators but elect everyone else.”

Managing Director Nita Kang agreed. “People across the world are fighting for the right to elect their leaders democratically. It’s not something we should be taking for granted,” she said.

“Choosing our mayor is a big decision – we put more faith in 1.6 million voters than we do in 44 councillors to make that decision,” McGuire added.

“We’ve fought against sole sourcing city contracts, and now we’re fighting against sole sourcing our mayor.”

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