Ford Allies Expected To Oust TTC's Gary Webster

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GARY WEBSTER
TTC Chief General Manager, Gary Webster speaks to media. | CP


TTC board members allied with Mayor Rob Ford are expected to call for the removal of the TTC's chief general manager Tuesday.

On Friday the TTC announced a "special meeting" for Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. that is said to involve "a personnel matter."

Ford adversary and former TTC Chair Joe Mihevc said he has been told that a majority of commissioners are looking to remove Gary Webster from his position.

“Here we have a transit manager that is known internationally as one of the best public transit managers that exists out there being fired, because he doesn’t fall into line under the mayor’s ideological plan to build subways,” Mihevc said.

Coun. Frank Di Giorgio has a seat on the current commission and is one of the members who signed the petition asking for the meeting.

"If Gary Webster isn't going to work with us, then the option will be taken," Di Giorgio told CBC News.

He added that a number of items on the agenda deal with "a disharmony that has crept in the TTC and commissioners will use whatever authority we have to remove it."

Di Giorgio, along with city councillors Norm Kelly, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio and Vince Crisanti signed the petition.