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[URBAN NOTE] “Wynne stands by comments she’s ‘worried’ about Mayor Ford situation”

Global News’ Erika Tucker offers commentary on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s comments that she was concerned about the ongoing affairs at Toronto City Hall and was ready to intervene. One problem, as Tucker notes, is that there isn’t really much that can be done. Even if the crack video turns up, it couldn’t be proven that it was crack cocaine being smoked?

When asked what an appropriate time to take action would be, Wynne said that, “there are measures that can be taken at city council in order to keep the business of the city running.

“I don’t know what the outcome of the allegations and all of the current actions is going to be, but I will take action if and when it is appropriate having followed due process.”

[. . .]

Wynne called the municipal level of government “a mature level of government” but one that is “the creature of the province at some high level.” She said there is an option of legislation changes, but didn’t commit to immediate action.

“The provincial legislature could amend the City of Toronto Act and the Municipal Elections Act but I do not see either of those things as a real possibility,” wrote John Mascarin, a partner with Aird & Berlis LLP, in an email to Global News. And Wynne’s comments suggest she has no plans to do so at this time.

“If at some later date we need to change those rules, then we have that conversation, but right now we are paying close attention to whether the business of the city is being done and everyone is following the procedures that are in place,” Wynne said.

Short of amending the statutes, there is actually little the province can do to remove an elected mayor, wrote Mascarin. An elected official can lose their seat if there’s a contravention of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act or if they commit a corrupt practice under the Municipal Elections Act, he added.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 31, 2013 at 7:26 pm

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