While Rob Ford did not do himself any favours by allowing a minor matter to escalate the way it did (a how-not-to book could be written about Ford’s scandal management skills), let us take a moment to recall the transgression that started this ball rolling: Rob Ford had solicited a small number of donations (total value around $3K) for his football charity using his City Councillor stationary. That’s it. Ford didn’t pocket a cent from this money, or benefit in any other way except to see a charity that he believes in benefit. The interest of the city taxpayers and residents of his ward weren’t compromised in any conceivable way.
That the behind-the-scenes David Miller machine would exploit the law as it is written to overturn an election result they don’t like is understandable. That’s just what they do.
The trouble here is a truly bad law that allows the will of the electorate to be invalidated by the courts over trivial and innocuous matters such as this. The offending law must be revamped as soon as possible.
But until then, if conservative Ontarians have any heart at all, we would go through the ruling with a fine tooth comb and use it to attack every elected left-wing municipal and provincial official in the province who hasn’t dotted every i and crossed every t. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
Meanwhile, in completely unrelated news, the Mayor of London, Ontario remains on the job despite being criminally charged with fraud. But hey, he’s a Liberal, or was. So it’s OK or something.