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WATCH: Premier refuses to meet with Mayor Ford
Kathleen Wynne says council gave most of the mayor's powers to Norm Kelly
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On Tuesday, Mayor Rob Ford told Newstalk 1010 he doesn't think the premier wanted to meet with him to talk about ice storm help because he helped Doug Holyday and the Tories get into Queen's Park in Etobicoke.

Wednesday, while at an Ontario wine event, Kathleen Wynne underlined that this has nothing to do with political grudges.

The premier stresses her decision to keep meeting with the deputy mayor, is because council gave Norm Kelly most of Ford's powers.

She says Kelly was very involved in planning for the aftermath of the ice storm.

Wynne adds she just doesn't have the time to meet with every municipal official.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath says politics should stay out of it when residents have to deal with damages to their property.

Horwath maintains when a mayor asks for a meeting with the premier, it would be common courtesy to have the sit-down.

 

Ford responded by saying he was disappointed the Premier declined his request.

``I would like to remind Premier Wynne that I remain the head of Council and official representative of the City of Toronto,'' he said in a statement issued Wednesday.

``These powers can only be removed by the residents of Toronto at the next general election.''


Ford also reiterated his request for an ``urgent meeting'' with Wynne on how the province could help with the cost of storm recovery efforts.

``My sole objective is representing the interests of Toronto taxpayers and finding a way to pay for the damage these storms have caused,'' he said. ``If she doesn't want to meet with me, she doesn't want to meet with me. All she's doing is letting the people of this great city down.''

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On Tuesday, Mayor Rob Ford told Newstalk 1010 he doesn't think the premier wanted to meet with him to talk about ice storm help because he helped Doug Holyday and the Tories get into Queen's Park in Etobicoke.

Wednesday, while at an Ontario wine event, Kathleen Wynne underlined that this has nothing to do with political grudges.

The premier stresses her decision to keep meeting with the deputy mayor, is because council gave Norm Kelly most of Ford's powers.

She says Kelly was very involved in planning for the aftermath of the ice storm.

Wynne adds she just doesn't have the time to meet with every municipal official.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath says politics should stay out of it when residents have to deal with damages to their property.

Horwath maintains when a mayor asks for a meeting with the premier, it would be common courtesy to have the sit-down.

 

Ford responded by saying he was disappointed the Premier declined his request.

``I would like to remind Premier Wynne that I remain the head of Council and official representative of the City of Toronto,'' he said in a statement issued Wednesday.

``These powers can only be removed by the residents of Toronto at the next general election.''


Ford also reiterated his request for an ``urgent meeting'' with Wynne on how the province could help with the cost of storm recovery efforts.

``My sole objective is representing the interests of Toronto taxpayers and finding a way to pay for the damage these storms have caused,'' he said. ``If she doesn't want to meet with me, she doesn't want to meet with me. All she's doing is letting the people of this great city down.''

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