Who's Paying the Mayor's Legal Fees in Conflict of Interest Proceedings?
At the end of conflict of interest proceedings involving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, it's expected that the legal bill will be tens of thousands of dollars.
Who's paying for this?
A city spokesperson says at this point we don't know.
If it's found that the mayor did not violate the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, he can apply to have his expenses paid for by the city.
"That would have to go to city council and city council would need to decide on if the city would pay for it," says Jackie DeSouza, Director of Strategic Communications.
She says at this point Ford has not applied to the city clerk to have his legal fees covered by the city.
When reached by Newstalk 1010 Thursday afternoon, his press secretary had no comment when asked if the mayor would attempt to have his legal fees covered by the city if Justice Charles Hackland rules that Ford did not violate the act.
If Hackland rules that Ford violated the act, then the mayor will be required to pay his own legal fees.
"The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act basically states that if there is a contravention of the act then the municipality cannot pay the expenses," says DeSouza.