Rob Ford attends city council, Nov 18, 2013
The Canadian Press
Rob Ford had an "oops" moment at Toronto City Hall Wednesday.
The mayor was the only member of Toronto city council to vote against looking into naming a street in honour of Nelson Mandela and congratulating Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
More than 20 minutes later, Ford said he had hit the wrong voting button in both cases and asked for a re-vote. Speaker Frances Nunziata ultimately opted not to re-open them.
On his way out of City Hall, Ford told reporters he had the kind of slip up that crops up at every meeting.
"At least one councillor or two councillors get up and say 'I made a mistake, I want it re-opened'. Every single council meeting they re-open it. Rob Ford makes a mistake, they don't re-open it."
Councillor Adam Vaughan doesn't buy the mayor's explanation.
"Anybody who sees Nelson Mandela on a motion to be honoured and can't figure out which button to push, doesn't deserve to sit in council chamber, let alone in the mayor's chair", Vaughan told reporters. He also suggested Ford votes against motions brought forward by his political foes, rather than weigh their merit. "And then when all hell breaks loose, he lies to cover up his incompetence".
Councillor Doug Ford defended his brother to reporters, saying no one in the city supports the black community or Canadian Olympic athletes more than him.