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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

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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  1. dama posted on 01/15/2014 03:01 PM
    "She says Kelly was very involved in planning for the aftermath of the ice storm. "

    Really!!!! he was in Florida.. you elected Premier.. showed that you dealt with the wrong person..

    Rob Ford was front and centre during this ice storm... I bet you didnt see his current rating



    hello ??? 47%, beating out O Chow and J Tory..
    then again Rob Ford has the smart to say the only poll is Oct 27..
    how credible is that !! even he and his bro.. Dougie.. dont put too much weight on polls.. .
    1. tanjo posted on 01/16/2014 04:13 PM
      @dama Considering the Mayor's penchant for claiming things that he was only marginally involved in, if at all (HE got Doug Holyday elected .. REALLY?!?!). I would hesitate meeting with him as well.

      Everyone knows the reason Ford wants to meet with Wynne is so that, when the funding does come down, he can claim it was because of his meeting.

      There are fiscal conservatives working behind the scenes that are really getting tired of this.
  2. 2REPOU posted on 01/15/2014 03:07 PM
    I find it funny that the Premier who was not elected (Gifted the job when "Premier Dad" ran away) is refusing to meet with a duly elected Mayor. Regardless of anything else it seems a little pretentious. She only wants to meet with the Deputy Mayor who was also gifted the job.
    1. Dixie posted on 01/15/2014 03:31 PM
      @2REPOU Do you vote? You must not, or you would realize that even "Premier Dad" wasn't an elected Premier given that you never ever vote for a Premier ever, unless that Premier is also MPP for your area.

      I actually believe you know this and just stubbornly refuse to acknowledge it.

      And before you say anything, I didn't vote liberal in the last provincial election but I'm also not going to resort to uneducated rhetoric to show my displeasure for the current provincial government.
    2. dama posted on 01/15/2014 03:48 PM
      @Dixie I dont know where you came from .. what does voting has to do with the definition of Premier?

      Kathryn Wynne was Gifted as stated by @2REPOU and he was right.. as Wynne was "voted in" by her members to be the LEADER of the Liberal party during the leadership process hence she was not elected by the voters to be Premier.

      if Kathryn Wynne wants to be the Premier of Ontario, call an election and let the voters vote and if the Liberal party wins then she is the elected Premier,, for now.. NO.. she was GIFTED ..
    3. Gertie posted on 01/15/2014 04:50 PM
      @Dixie Well look who's a know it all....@Dixie?????? Do a pole and ask "how" or "why" one votes? Do people actually vote for the person in their riding because they want them to be the leader of the country? Or might one vote to ensure the person representing their party of choice gets voted I? I certainly don't presume there has ever been such a pole taken in this country, but it sure sounds lie you know it all! Yet another reason not to live in that messy metropolis!
    4. CoffeeCon posted on 01/16/2014 08:50 AM
      @Dixie Bad argument is bad Dixie. Yur weak decision to attack @2REPOU 's intelligence rather than his argument unveils yourself as the sty dwelling kind. Get over yourself.
  3. Ken posted on 01/15/2014 03:10 PM
    The never elected Premier will only meet with the never elected Mayor. Typically Liberal. Ignore democracy.
    1. john posted on 01/16/2014 01:09 PM
      @Ken till democracy kick her in the ass with steal toes boots .
  4. Ken posted on 01/15/2014 03:15 PM
    Unelected premier Wynne found lots of time to meet regularly with Ben Levin.
    1. dama posted on 01/15/2014 03:51 PM
      @Ken The unelected Premier has time to "buy" vote promoting the Ice wine in grape region instead of spending time to meet Rob Ford to discuss about more important money funding for the ice storm damage..

      She is too buying votes... I bet 4% that her candidate will not win
    2. dama posted on 01/15/2014 03:52 PM
      @dama I meant : " I bet $5 ....not 4 %
  5. Frankie posted on 01/15/2014 04:38 PM
    To Wynne and her corrupt Liberal politicians:

    We will remember the fact that you chose to ignore the democratically elected Mayor of Toronto come election time.

    The Liberals think they can "steal", mismanage, and circumvent democracy.

    Let's hope we vote them out of office before they bankrupt Ontario
    1. CoffeeCons posted on 01/16/2014 08:52 AM
      @Frankie I bet she was secretly meeting with Mammoliti and the club owners down in Niagara regarding setting up prostitution in toronto and taking the tax on it.
    2. Frankie posted on 01/16/2014 09:17 AM
      @CoffeeCons You must be right. Those clubs are full of women. Besides, we all know both Wynne and Ford like to eat p****y so they have lots to talk about.
  6. matt posted on 01/15/2014 05:33 PM
    who can blame the he/she!!! what could someone pissibly have to do with or say to a fat crackhead alky!! i hated the liberal union but they certainly look more tangible compared to this liar. some crackers just dont know there pkace.
    1. Julie posted on 01/15/2014 07:24 PM
      @matt You're here for comic relief, right?
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 01/16/2014 09:43 AM
      @matt Put the keyboard down.....and slowly back AWAY from the computer....
    3. dama posted on 01/16/2014 03:45 PM
      @matt You missed the point !!!

      So is it alright for me not to meet or respect a Lesbian NOT VOTED BY THE PEOPLE Premier ?? I am more courteous than Wynne, so I would say I will meet up with her.. regardless if she is a lesbian or not...

      But Wynne is not showing the courtesy to Rob Ford to discuss funding for the ice storm.. tsk tsk tsk
  7. CoffeeCon posted on 01/16/2014 08:46 AM
    wow she's so obvious and awful, can't wait for her to be gone.
  8. Mark7 posted on 01/16/2014 09:12 AM
    The lies coming from Wynne's mouth are that of a status quo Fiberal. What has happened to Canada? Where has the common sense went? From Trudeau onwards the damage the Fiberals have purposefully inflicted on Canada is beyond repair, because FOOLS keep voting these a-holes back into power.

    The usual reply within months of a Fiberal win in either the provincial or federal elections is always the same. No one will admit they voted them in.

    SIDE NOTE...When Trudeau came to power Canada's federal deficit was 696 million dollars. When we finally got rid of him, our national debt was 17 billion dollars! Yet he is considered our greatest PM?! He was, if it is because he caused us the most debt of any PM in out existence.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 01/16/2014 09:45 AM
      @Mark7 She has NO good answer. And it will come full circle at some point.
      And when Ford gets re-elected again, what is she going to do? Give the job of meeting with the mayor to another minister?
      Someone needs to give her a good poke in the eye.
    2. Mark7 posted on 01/16/2014 10:42 AM
      @Karl Burgin I will happily pay for the boxing gloves.
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 01/16/2014 11:33 AM
      @Mark7 ....I only regret I didn't get this post sooner. Was busy with a project all day that was due, and I was itching to get back to commenting.
  9. Karl Burgin posted on 01/16/2014 11:40 AM
    On the drive home, I was listening to Bill Carroll, and it's not just the lies from this train-wreck of a Premiere, but seemingly also a level of ignorance that is both appalling, and unbelievable.

    Wynne's excuse is that she's too busy to meet with everybody and anybody? Ford isn't anybody. He's in charge of the largest city north of the U.S. border, that's had the crap kicked out of it weather-wise, and needs assistance.
    She obviously made the time when she went out sprinkling gift-cards here and there, that did little good. But when something is of urgent need, suddenly her schedule is all booked.
    If Norm Kelly came a few hours later asking to meet with the Premiere, will the answer be the same. This is probably yes and no.
    She may say no- just for the optics of being consistent as to already saying no to Rob Ford. But she probably would re-schedule sometime during the week to accommodate though.
    Or it may not be the same and she may meet with him- because she respects the decision of council as who the leader is. Which is funny, because the only leader I've seen being in the forefront is Rob Ford.
    *During the ice-storm, who was the one that everybody look to- Rob Ford.
    *In the newspapers and on the tube, when media personnel refer to the mayor, who's name is it that's consistently beside the title- Rob Ford
    *When there's a press conference concerning the mayor, who is it the one who is speaking- Rob Ford
    *When Norm Kelly wanted to call an emergency, and couldn't. Who did he have to look to, in order to do so- the mayor. Who is that mayor- Rob Ford.

    So, the fact that she is only going to commune with whoever council decided is the leader is hogwash- because clearly it isn't working. And at best, Kelly is seen as second-in-command.
    So let's stop with the games. If she wanted Ford gone, she was the only one with the power to do it. The ONLY reason why she didn't, is because she didn't want to piss off Ford nation. Or the thousands of Liberal votes in Toronto who still respect the democratic process.
    Or she could have called an election early to settle the matter. Well, its too late for that now.
    Everyone tried to shame Ford out of office. Well, he's proved that he's too strong, and/or stubborn for that- depending which side of the Ford fence you're on. And so far, Ford proving everyone wrong when they expect him to fall flat on his face or relapse because he didn't go to rehab.

    So, in the interest of all, let's hit the reset button, and let's please go back to the way things were. If you want to make it official, so the Premiere doesn't have an excuse not to meet with the mayor, have council give the mayor all his powers back. Because as it stands, it sure isn't doing Norm Kelly any good.
    1. dama posted on 01/16/2014 03:50 PM
      @Karl Burgin Rob Ford is still the go to guy with regards to representing the CITY even Denzel Minnan Wong stated, so if Norm Kelly has any morale at all,, he should turn down any request from Wynne and problem resolve but Norm loves the limelight to do the right thing...

      Ford More Years
  10. john posted on 01/16/2014 01:05 PM
    please everybody knows the only reasion why a unelected premier of ont it not meeting with a elected mayor . is because Kelly is easy to push around . ford is not . ford would fight for his city were as kelly would chicken shit out and agree with Wynne on everything .
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