Rob Ford In Favour of Eliminating City Watchdog Offices
There's a law in Ontario which requires the city of Toronto to have an Ombudsman and an Integrity Commissioner but if Rob Ford were to have his way, those departments would be summarily dismissed.
He also doesn't have any time for the Registrar who keeps tabs on lobbyists at city hall. He thinks a part-time lawyer on retainer could do all of those jobs.
The mayor told the Globe, “You don’t need a lobbyist registry (sic), an ombudsman and an integrity commissioner. They have 20 people; they’re tripping over themselves. They’re trying to make themselves look busy. I’ve never voted in favour of it and never would.'
The job of the integrity commisioner is to investigate any complaints that come in about the mayor's conduct, or that of city councillors. The lobbyist registrar looks into any possible violations of lobbying rules and as for the ombudsman, that individual's task is to investigate any complaints from the public regarding their treatment by the city.
The mayor made his comments to reporters while coaching his football team to victory Thursday afternoon. Only hours before that, the integrity commissioner and the ombudsman wrote critical reports of Ford and his office.
Integrity commissioner Janet Leiper found that the Ford brothers breached council's code of conduct for comments made April 29th on Newstalk 1010's The City.
Both of them (along with other councillors) were discussing a report from Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown recommending lower speed limits as a way to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe.
While they blasted the report, Mayor Ford called McKeown's salary an embarrassment and promised to look into it and 'try and straighten things out,' Councillor Ford meanwhile, asked twice, why the doctor still has a job.
The mayor issued a retraction letter, but the councillor who filed the complaint (John Fillion) says it's no apology.