Rob Ford to attend Big City Mayors' Caucus in Ottawa

The Toronto mayor has refused to attend the event in the past

(Canadian Press)

The mayors of Canada's urban centres will be gathering in the nation's capital on Wednesday to discuss infrastructure, housing and the economy.
Attending the meeting for the first time will be the scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who plans to run for re-election later this year. Ford said he's taking part in the Big City Mayors' Caucus because he wants to advocate for funding for his city.
``We have to get this money, that's what people want,'' Ford said at a news conference Tuesday, explaining he wanted financial support for new subways and better community housing. ``That's why I'm going to Ottawa to talk to the other mayors.''
Discussions today are expected to include just how municipalities will vie for a portion of a $14-billion federal infrastructure fund available over the next 10 years. The New Building Canada Fund will be available starting this spring.
How smoothly those discussions will go remains to be seen _ Ford has made it clear he thinks Toronto deserves a large portion of available funds.
Just last month, however, Ford voted against a city council motion which asked the federal government to include funding in its budget for a portion of Toronto housing costs.
When asked about the discrepancy, Ford said he didn't want to ``frustrate our federal colleagues through paperwork.''
    ``I have my contacts up in Ottawa, they treat us very well,'' he said. ``I look forward to sitting down with the other big city mayors and try to get funding for a housing backlog.''
The mayoral caucus is part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and typically meets two or three times a year.
The FCM says the meeting is a chance for mayors or their representatives to discuss important issues face-to-face before emerging with a common set of priorities they can take to their federal or provincial counterparts.
    ``When they come together and they speak in one voice, both politicians and the media listen,'' the federation said.
Ford's appearance at the meeting comes after he was stripped of a large portion of his mayoral powers late last year following an admission that he smoked crack cocaine.
The mayor has also drawn criticism over the past months for making profane remarks on live television and being captured on a video going on an incoherent and rambling rant in a Jamaican accent

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  1. DW posted on 02/26/2014 07:22 AM pathetic
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/26/2014 09:32 AM
      @DW How? and Why?
      He got $660 Million from Flahrety already last year...and indirectly got the province to fund $1.4 Billion...

      Is it because he's actually doing good in this regard that's why it's so pathetic?
  2. tanjo posted on 02/26/2014 08:40 AM
    Okay, so from what little I heard of Ford on Warmington's show last night, he is going to Ottawa to explain to the other municipalities how Toronto is special so they should give us oodles of money.

    We need some cameras in there to produce the video:

    Canadian Mayors react to .... Rob Ford!

    1. Sonny posted on 02/26/2014 10:05 AM
      @tanjo This is about Rob Ford in an reelection year!
      Last month he voted against asking the Feds for Housing funding and now he is?
  3. Peter posted on 02/26/2014 09:19 AM

    It is absolutely essential that Mayor Ford attend this meeting. Mayor Ford has the fiscal skills to make sure Toronto gets absolutely no less of the funding than it deserves.
    The New Building Canada Fund is to provide stable funding for a 10 year period to build infrastructure that benefits Canada as a whole.
    - Example, to make Toronto function more efficiently so that it benefits Canada in world trade and economic growth.

    The $14,000,000,000 dollars is split into a few categories that may not all apply to Toronto. It's more like 10 billion for provincial components and 4 billion more purely national.

    This meeting though is just to allow Mayors a chance to identify priorities and create a single voice, you know: "United we stand, divided we fall". That way the Feds can get a clear handle on where to provide the funding.

    The plan is for Canada!

    Thank goodness Toronto has Mayor Ford, the best fiscal mayor in Toronto's history.

    1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/26/2014 09:29 AM
      @Peter I wonder if Norm Kelly is tagging along in Ford's briefcase.....
  4. r2d2 posted on 02/26/2014 10:11 AM
    if i'm the other mayors i ignore him. i don't meet with him, i don't acknowledge him at all.
    he's not there
    1. Peter posted on 02/26/2014 11:00 AM
      @r2d2 Thank you for your comment R2D2

      You don't sound like you would be a good mayor, -if you don't participate.
      The council members who tried to ignore him in the past were called childish.

      Like Mayor Ford, all the great leaders are positive thinkers.

  5. john posted on 02/26/2014 11:30 AM
    sorry norm kelly the meeting is for REAL elected mayors only .
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/26/2014 11:36 AM
      @john LMAO!!!!!! Too funny....
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