Rob Ford By-Election

December 1, 2012 by  

Rob Ford By-Election, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was cleared today to run again for mayor in a byelection, should one be held ahead of the 2014 municipal election. Lawyers for Ford, who earlier this week was ordered out of office by Superior Court Justice Charles T. Hackland in a conflict of interest case, asked the judge to clarify his ruling to clear up confusion about whether the order bars him as a byelection candidate.

At issue was a sentence in paragraph 60 of the judge’s original ruling that said: “I decline to impose any further disqualification from holding office beyond the current term.”

Ford’s lawyer wanted clarification on what was meant by “beyond the current term.” The question that had observers confused was: Did the term end when the mayor gave up his seat to comply with the sanction, or did the judge mean the term of office as defined in the Municipal Act, which would mean a term ending in 2014?

On Friday, the judge responded by amending his previous ruling. He deleted the words “beyond the current term” from his original ruling.

That means Ford can seek the mayor’s chair if the city opts to hold a byelection ahead of the 2014 municipal election. Council also has the option of appointing a mayor to serve until 2014.

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