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Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly: “The Mayor Wants to Wage War. I Want to Wage Peace.”

Kelly responds to the new limits imposed on the mayor's office.

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“My goals are first, to restore confidence among the public in the government of Toronto; secondly, to repair the damage done to the relationships between the mayor and council; and finally, to focus on the business of the city on a go-forward basis.”

—Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly (Ward 40, Scarborough-Agincourt), responding to council’s decision to strip the mayor of all his non-statutory powers. Kelly wasn’t available to answer questions in detail—he said he had to confer with the City’s top bureaucrat about the outcome of council’s votes—but said he’d be holding meetings with City staff, members of council’s executive committee, and the mayor himself in the coming days. “We are a mature city,” he went on. “We have skilled councillors—they had the will to do this, and I know as a result, they’ve got the will to move on. I’m looking forward to it.”

Kelly is generally a quiet member of council. A steadfast supporter of the mayor until recently, Kelly is best known for being a climate change denier. He is widely expected to act as a caretaker, and has shown no indication that he’ll be pursuing any major new policy initiatives in the remaining months of council’s term.

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  • http://insertrealname.myopenid.com/ Insert Real Name

    This current term of Council has become a complete shipwreck–we’re no further along in most municipal initiatives than at the end of last term, and we’ve lost capacity to do anything else but routine “care-taking” activities.

    Our city has become a municipal “Costa Concordia” under the guidance of our version of the popular captain Schettino. God Help Us!

  • rich1299

    Most people knew Ford would be a disaster as mayor well before he was elected. I forget which city councillor had said they’d just work around him, that he’d be mayor in name only, well they have been working around him for some time now and finally he’s become mayor in name only.

    I still think he’s going to be lead out of city hall in hand cuffs at some point since I really doubt the investigation so far has been about drug possession. A person was murdered, his killer allowed to plea to manslaughter with the extremely unusual condition that the evidence remain sealed. His friend and driver has been arrested for extortion, and now I’m hearing there’s a missing woman involved in all of this Ford mess too.

    Perhaps the police will arrest him at home so as to avoid the video of that being broadcast around the world for the sake of the city. Perhaps they’d even go so far as giving him the opportunity to turn himself in discreetly but I highly doubt he’d take that offer, its just not like him. He’s giving interviews to US media now but still refuses to do an interview with Toronto police.

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  • OgtheDim

    It was tweeted within 10 minutes of the vote by most of the reliable City Hall reporters.

    You need to expand your news gathering options.