Councillor responds to her abrupt removal from mayor's inner circle.
“I believe the mayor will be more comfortable with an all-male cast on executive committee.”
—Jaye Robinson (Ward 25, Don Valley West), speaking to reporters this morning in response to news that Rob Ford had booted her from the cabinet-like executive committee at City Hall. After her departure, executive committee consists of 13 men; by contrast, 15 of 44 councillors are women. Robinson says she was given no reason for the removal, but that she believes it was due both to her publicly calling on the mayor to temporarily step aside and deal with “personal issues” in the wake of crack cocaine allegations, and to a recent dispute with the mayor’s brother, Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North), who falsely said that a meeting was cancelled at City Hall due to Robinson’s absence. She added that it was “absolutely clear” the mayor would not consider taking a leave of absence, and lamented that “it is unfortunate that the mayor no longer seems to have room for a diversity of voices or points of view.” Robinson has been replaced on the committee by a left-leaning member of council, Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8, York West).