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Ford brothers angry premier is meeting with deputy mayor

12/03/2013 07:57 EST | Updated 02/02/2014 05:59 EST
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says Premier Kathleen Wynne's meeting set for today with Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly is inappropriate.

Wynne is scheduled to meet with Kelly at the Ontario legislature at around noon to discuss city business. It would mark the first meeting between the premier and the Scarborough councillor, who has take over most of the mayor’s powers.

Rob Ford, who had much of his power wrested from him following a series of controversies, including his admittance to having previously smoked crack cocaine and the release of a video showing him in acting erratically hasn't been invited.

However, in a letter to Wynne, the mayor said the premier should be meeting with him.

“I believe that it would be most appropriate for you to meet with the elected Mayor of Toronto on these matters, which affect our city as a whole,” Ford wrote.

Doug Ford had harsher words for the premier, saying it would be a meeting of “two unelected officials” and reiterating that “380,000 voted for Rob.”

“We’ve got to focus on a lot of areas. No. 1 is  the funding cuts the province has done, especially on the most vulnerable people in society, on the community housing that they did,” he said.

“We’ve got to talk transit. There’s a lot of things we need to talk about with the premier and obviously she’s not interested in speaking to the democratically elected mayor of the city.”

Coun. Peter Leon said he thinks the planned meeting is a sign the city is getting back on track after the mayor’s scandals.

“I believe the purpose of this meeting with the premier and the deputy mayor...is that he’s trying to get more funding from the province,” Leon said.

The mayor also wrote that he is busy during their meeting time with his charity toy drive at city hall, but said he would be available after the event.

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