Ford abandons threatened lawsuit against city council
Mayor Rob Ford is backing down from his threat to mount a court challenge to council’s decision to strip him of most of his powers.
In mid-November, after he admitted to smoking crack cocaine and engaged in other behaviour that made him an international laughingstock, council voted to remove Ford’s non-statutory powers — among them, the right to fire and appoint committee chairs, to govern during emergencies, and to chair the powerful executive committee.
Council also voted to drastically cut his staff budget, resulting in an exodus of many of his staff to the office of Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, who took on those powers.
Ford officially remains mayor.
He immediately announced he intended to fight the move, although municipal legal experts were skeptical that a court challenge would have much success.
On Friday, Ford said his decision not to go to court was financial.
“What am I going to keep going to court and spending my own money every time council does something that they shouldn’t do?”
In November, Ford said he didn’t blame councillors for taking away his powers, but said he had “no choice” but to take legal action.