RO Mayor Rob Ford tests out a new slide after a ribbon-cutting at Fairhaven Park in Etobicoke on Aug. 29, 2012.
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TORONTO — If he gets tossed out of office by a judge, Mayor Rob Ford vowed he will run again immediately, if he’s not banned. Ford is due to testify in court next week in the conflict of interest case against him.
Lawyer Clayton Ruby launched the lawsuit in March on behalf of resident Paul Magder, alleging Ford violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act during a February city council meeting. During that meeting, councillors -- Ford included -- voted 22-12 to rescind a previous decision ordering the mayor to repay $3,150 in donations from lobbyists and clients of lobbyists to his children’s football foundation.
At a playground opening Wednesday morning, Ford said he can’t say too much about the case but he’s going to tell the court exactly what he does with his foundation and how many kids he’s helped. “We’ll take it from there,” Ford said.
If Ford is found guilty, he could be tossed from office and banned from running for council for up to seven years. But in an interview on CP24 later in the day, Ford said he would jump right into a byelection or the next election if he is dismissed and not banned.
“If they just dismiss me from office — I will be running again,” Ford said. “If the judge says I can run again and I lose my job, I guarantee I’ll just say, ‘When is the next election ‘cause I’ll be running for mayor,’ and the next day I’ll start campaigning again for sure.”
Councillor Doug Ford refused to say whether he would volunteer to be appointed by council to replace his brother if the mayor is tossed out of office. But Coun. Ford did call the lawsuit “politically motivated.”
“It’s sickening how people want to politicize the process,” he said. “We’ll let the people decide in two years -- that’s the real court date.” “In two years people will decide if we’ve run this city properly, if we’ve been prudent fiscal managers with the taxpayers money. They’ll make the decision. “We’re here to work for the people.”
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