Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have broken the rules.
Councillor Paul Ainslie said robocalls were made to residents in his ward last night after he and Ford had a disagreement at city hall this week.
Municipal law expert, John Mascarin, a partner with Aird and Berlis, said Ford’s actions might go against the code of conduct for councillors.
“(The rules) preclude the use of any city equipment, resources for matters that are not related to the business of the corporation,” Mascarin said.
Ford could be punished for his actions.
“There could be a reprimand upon anyone who’s found to have contravened the code of conduct. If it’s egregious, a suspension of pay for up to 90 days (can be ordered).
According to Mascarin, a complaint would need to be filed to say that the actions constituted a breach of one of more of the provisions of the code of conduct.
“It’s more of the same from this administration,” Coun. Jaye Robinson told 680News. “Their one and only leadership style is threats and intimidation. They can do bluster and not much else.”
“It’s underhanded politics and it’s the farthest thing from transparent and accountable government.”
Ainslie said the robocalls were related to his motion for council to revisit the LRT proposal. Listen to the robocall here.
But Mascarin pointed out that the calls came after council opted for the subway.
“After the vote is taken and Paul Ainslie has resigned from executive council, it just looks a little but like sour grapes,” Mascarin explained.
680News has contacted Mayor Ford’s office for comment but so far, hasn’t heard back.