New Conflict-of-Interest Complaint Filed Against Fords

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug Ford will now have to face another conflict-of-interest complaint filed by Toronto resident and activist, Jude MacDonald. The complained filed with the Ontario Superior Court claims that both Rob and Doug broke the Ontario Municipal Conflict of Interest Act by participating in council debates and votes related to clients of the family firm, Deco Labels and Tags.

Even though the case is not expected to conclude before this month’s election, it will still be a source of scandal and result in possible court proceedings even before the election. In case the application is approved and turns out to be true, it might even result in removing both brothers, Doug running for mayor and Rob for Ward 2 councilor seat, from office and disqualification from running again for up to seven years.

A civic activist and a frequent Ford critique, MacDonald, stated that “I think elected representatives have a lot of power. We’re talking about a $9-billion budget. I think it is reasonable to ask elected politicians to abide by a law that is there … for the common good.” MacDonald alleged that she decided to pursue the case because “to me, politics is not a speculative sport. Someone’s got to step up.” Meanwhile the lawyer representing the Fords, Gavin Tighe, has claimed to be unaware of the application and refused to comment on it saying that “I’d have to look at that and I’m sure they’re going to have a response to it.”

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