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Should the Fords bow out of police budget talks?

12/11/2013 07:11 EST | Updated 02/10/2014 05:59 EST
The Toronto police budget will be up for discussion today at City Hall but some councillors say Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Coun. Doug Ford should not be taking part in the process.

Both Fords have publicly criticized police Chief Bill Blair in the wake of a police investigation involving the mayor. In recent public comments, Rob Ford has suggested the investigation may be a result of the mayor's move to trim the police budget by 10 per cent two years ago.

On Nov. 5, Doug Ford called for Blair to step aside, alleging he was biased against his brother.

Rob Ford has said he supports front line police officers, and says his current issue is with Blair, though that won't stop him from weighing in on the police budget. And though Blair is not responding to Ford's criticism, many city councillors are.    

"I think it's wrong, I think it's inappropriate," said Coun. Michael Thompson, who is also chair of the Toronto Police Services Board. "In fact, I think the mayor should apologize to the chief of police."

Thompson said the mayor and Coun. Doug Ford should either declare a conflict of interest or bow out of any police budget discussions.

Budget committee member Coun. James Pasternak agrees.

"The relationship has become so brittle it would be prudent to remove themselves from police budgeting issues," he said.

Doug Ford says he has no plans to bow out of the police budget discussion.

"I don't need to recuse myself of anything to do with the police," he said.

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