Mayor Rob Ford has admitted to being behind the robocalls to Scarborough residents Friday night, but insists he's done nothing wrong.
The mayor and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford broke with tradition and came into the Newstalk 1010 studios on the Thanksgiving long weekend to host their weekly radio show, The City. It was the first time we've heard from the mayor since news of the robocalls broke out Friday night.
"My responsibility is to inform people how councillors vote," he said. "All I said in this robocall is nine out of the 10 councillors voted for a subway, Paul Ainslie did not vote for a subway."
He doesn't think there's anything wrong with that. In fact, he said he'd do it again. "It won't be the last robocall because I'm going to tell everyone how their councillor voted."
In the recording, the mayor says "It was extremely, extremely unfortunate" that Coun. Ainslie voted the way he did.
Ainslie has said he will be making a complaint to the city's integrity commissioner, something the mayor didn't seem concerned with "What is he going to say to the Integrity Commissioner? Rob Ford told my constituents how I voted? What is wrong with that," he said, adding that he paid "a few hundred dollars" for the calls out of his own pocket.
But municipal law expert John Mascarin says there's more to it than that, noting a few issues stemming from the Toronto Council Code of Conduct, including election campaigning, use of city resources and discredible conduct.
Though Ainslie once supported the subway expansion, he changed his mind in favour of a cheaper light rail line prior to Tuesday's council vote.
"He's gone to the other side as they would say, so people have to know that," the mayor told reporters after the show.
(with files from the Canadian Press)