After a long legal saga, Mayor Rob Ford has won a conflict of interest lawsuit that once imperiled his job.
The Supreme Court of Canada has just weighed in on the conflict of interest lawsuit against Rob Ford, and the results, for the mayor, are good: the court has denied Paul Magder’s application for an appeal, meaning the case is settled in Ford’s favour, once and for all.
The Supreme Court doesn’t give reasons when it dismisses cases, so we don’t know why it chose not to hear Magder’s argument that Ford breached the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act when, at a 2012 city council meeting, he spoke and voted on a matter related to his private charity, the Rob Ford Football Foundation. Magder and his lawyer, Clayton Ruby, were able to convince a Superior Court judge of the mayor’s guilt, but the decision was later overturned on appeal by the Divisional Court. Had Ford lost the case, he would almost certainly have been removed from office.
The Supreme Court grants only a small minority of applications for appeal. It has dismissed Magder’s case with costs, meaning Magder, as the losing party, is responsible for any money spent on making the appeal application, including money spent by Ford.
There’s no further appeal after the Supreme Court, so the mayor can now rest easy, at least on this front. He still has drug-use allegations to contend with, plus a libel lawsuit that he won, but which is now going to appeals.