TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been ordered out of office after being found guilty of breaking conflict of interest rules, but he's not the only Canadian mayor running into trouble:
— Gerald Tremblay: The mayor of Montreal resigned from office on Nov. 5 after his name surfaced during a public probe into corruption in the city's construction industry. Tremblay was accused of turning a blind eye to illicit campaign financing of his political party. Tremblay denied the allegations, but said he was stepping down for the good of the city.
— Gilles Vaillancourt: The former mayor of Laval held office for 23 years and was often referred to as "the monarch," but he resigned on Nov. 9 after the province's anti-corruption unit staged many raids in the city, including at his own home. Vaillancourt was accused of pocketing kickbacks on construction contracts, allegations he has denied.
— Joe Fontana: The mayor of London, Ont. is facing a non-confidence motion by his finance and administration committee after being hit with three criminal allegations. Police charged Fontana with fraud under $5,000, breach of trust by a public official and uttering forged documents on Nov. 21. The mayor has denied the allegations and has vowed to fight to clear his name.
— Sam Katz: The mayor of Winnipeg is facing a court date next April after a citizen accused him of conflict of interest. Katz has been accused of holding a taxpayer-funded holiday party at a restaurant he owns. If found guilty, Katz could lose his position as mayor.
— Hazel McCallion: The longtime mayor of the Mississauga, Ont., was found guilty of conflict of interest in 1982 when she voted on a land purchase issue that could have benefited her directly. She was not removed from office, however, because court ruled she had made an error in judgment. In October 2011, a judge found she violated the spirit of the conflict of interest code when she promoted a real estate deal that would have benefited her son. She is now facing a court application from a local citizen who alleges McCallion introduced and backed a motion concerning her son's real estate firm.
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Sorry this #fordcourt verdict is taking so long. The judge was coaching football this morning and will get around to it soon.
Rob Ford got kicked out of mayors office? WOWWWWW!! Hes hopping on that gravy train right back home.
rip rob ford. stung by a hoard of vicious gravy wasps.
Now I await all Rob Ford memes. #topoli #comeatmebro
Oh, my. Rob Ford has been removed from his office as mayor. Toronto politics just got rather interesting. http://t.co/Ltpmkac6
Rob Ford needs new business cards asap!
Terrifying thought: Governor of the Bank of Canada job is open. Rob Ford is looking for a job. ARRGGHHH! #Cdnpoli
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BREAKING: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford found guilty of violating conflict of interest act, removed from office http://t.co/o0BBzIgp #topoli
#topoli Imagine if #toronto invested as much time and attention to transit financing as we spend distracted by @TOMayorFord latest antics.
Its a sad day for hard working comedians throughout Toronto. It appears Rob Ford's been booted from office (pending appeal) #RobFord #TOpoli
No more coach/mayor Ford! #topoli
How does it work in TO when a mayor finishes early? Is there a bielection or will the deputy step up as acting mayor? #fordcourt #TOpoli
Very exciting day in Toronto- and it has nothing to do with football. Let's fix this and make sure it never happens again. #TOpoli
Hey #Toronto, #RobFord might be out of office now so get yourselves educated about the issues and make informed choices. #topoli #onpoli
Who's going to drive the gravy train in the parade :(. #TOpoli #RobFord
Watching the Rob Ford circus is more fun, but Carney leaving Canada for England is bigger and more important news #topoli
Oh boy - we're gonna see Jabba the Mayor kick it into serious victim mode now! #RobFord #TOpoli
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Also, Rob Ford is trending worldwide. (Let's hope just this once and never again.) #TOpoli
If Rob Ford and Dalton McGuinty just traded positions, Toronto would have subways all over the place. #topoli #onpoli
I wonder if Rob Ford will appeal the decision or leave quietly with his last shred of dignity. #TOpoli
On the otherhand Doug Holyday will make an excellent Interim Mayor for #toronto #topoli #tocouncil
Let's hope Ford can and does run again soon. Then Toronto can turf his partisan, ignorant ass in the most clearly democratic manner. #TOPoli
Have You Driven a Ford (out of office) Lately? #topoli #fordcourt