Mayor Rob Ford’s troubles aren’t over yet. Mayor Ford has been stripped off of his powers and his office’s budget. Deputy Mayor Norm Kelley who was previously called to be loyal to the Mayor and now holds most of the Mayor’s powers, met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Premier Wynne had said before that she was “concerned” about what was going on in Toronto’s City Council, so the meeting with the Premier is symbolic in many ways, indicating province’s confidence in Mr. Kelly’s abilities.
“We want to have a good working relationship and today was the beginning of that,” Premier Wynne told a massive media throng outside her second-floor office in the legislative assembly.
Kelly said he wanted “to let her know that she has a stable, reliable partner” in the city of Toronto.
“At city hall, we now have a stable, calm, and reasonable government,” the deputy mayor said. Transit and social housing were the subject of the 40-minute closed door meeting.
Mr. Kelly reiterated many Toronto City Councillors’ sentiment that Mayor was only one man in the Council and the City’s work is not only done by him, but is a team effort.
“It’s not symbolism. This is work that has been assigned to us and we’re going to do it as expeditiously and as conscientiously, as productively, as possible,” he emphasized.
Mr. Ford does not seem to be too happy with this meeting. When asked about Wynne-Kelly meeting, Mayor Ford said
“I’ve sent my letter and I think my letter was pretty straight forward.”
“I’ve called the premier last month and asked for a meeting, for whatever reason they didn’t want to meet with me. That’s fine. That’s their prerogative. They can go ahead and meet. Last time I checked I was elected as mayor. And that’s all I have to say,” he said.
In his letter, Ford told Wynne he believed “it would be most appropriate for you to meet with the elected mayor of Toronto on these matters, which affect our city as a whole” given that he was the “elected representative of Toronto residents and chief executive officer of the city of Toronto.”
Premier Wynne’s opponents called this meeting “ a distraction” from Liberals’ boondoggle.
The mayor said he hasn’t spoken with Kelly since city council transferred most of his powers to the deputy mayor.