Here's a switch: Council saves taxpayers from Ford's plan to blow $225,000
Mayor Rob Ford has made a career out of the myth that city council is a nest of wastrels, but look who saved the taxpayers $225,000 on a needless by-election.
Council held a special meeting Monday to decide whether to fill the Ward 3 seat vacated by Doug Holyday by appointing an interim replacement for just over a year, or hold a by-election, as Ford wanted.
The 22-11 vote in favour of an appointed replacement wasn’t even close, and another example of how little sway Ford has over council on things that are important to him.
He pushed hard for a by-election and obviously was preparing to plump up a candidate, even though he claims otherwise, and was thwarted by councillors who may well have factored it into their decision.
For a guy who would say no to starving puppies, if they cost the taxpayers a dime, there’s some irony in Ford’s position that you can’t put a price tag on democracy. He measures everything by its cost, and not much by its value.
Suppose the same councillors who voted against him wanted a by-election to fill an inner city seat for the final 14 months of a four-year council term, and he didn’t have a horse in the race.
Ford would be screaming about the waste of money, when it would be so much cheaper, and in
keeping with well-established practice, to appoint someone.
The shoe is other the other foot this time, and it fits.
Councillors like Adam Vaughan have been saying for two years that they’ve been conducting the business of council around the mayor, and that it has done a better job than Ford would have us believe.
This is a good example. Council did the right thing, and while some may have wanted to thwart the Ford Bros. in promoting a hand-picked candidate, they also knew it was a needless expense.