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Mayor Rob Ford slams $75K chair purchase

09/27/2013 12:42 EDT | Updated 11/27/2013 05:12 EST
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants to know why the city paid almost $75,000 to replace 30 chairs in the members' lounge at city hall.

"Unfortunately someone is gonna have to pay the price for this,” Ford told CP24 on Friday. “And if we have to dismiss someone because of their poor purchasing abilities, that’s what we're gonna do.”

The Toronto Taxpayers’ Coalition is also angry about the chair purchase.

"This is completely unacceptable," said coalition spokesman Matthew McGuire. "Why is the city playing musical chairs with taxpayers' money? Surely, the city of Toronto can find a better deal on 30 chairs than $75,000. This is exactly what voters wanted to stop in the last election."

City officials say the chairs were old and needed to be replaced. Ford, who ran on a platform of fiscal restraint, said he sat in them recently and doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with them.

The mayor also said he plans to meet with city officials to see if the new chairs can be returned. 

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