Toronto mayor to testify in conflict of interest case

Mayor Ford speculates publicly about the possibility he may lose his job

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford knows that his job might be on the line next week due to a conflict of interest case that could see him kicked out of office.

On Newstalk 1010’s Jim Richards Show, Ford spoke for the first time about taking the stand next week and what it might mean for his position as mayor. “[Prosecuting lawyer Clayton Ruby]’s going to cross-examine me and they want me out of office. And if I lose the court case, I guess I lose my job,” he said. The first day of the hearing is scheduled for September 5.

In March, Ruby alleged that Ford violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act during a February city council meeting. At this meeting, the councillors, including Ford, voted 22-12 to rescind an earlier decision that ordered the mayor to repay the $3,150 in donations from lobbyists and their clients to his children’s football foundation.

If found guilty, Ford could lose his position as mayor and be banned from rejoining council for up to seven years.

Ruby launched the lawsuit on behalf of resident Paul Magder.

The same judge who threw out the Helena Guergis case, Judge Charles Hackland, will be hearing Ford’s case.

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