Rob Ford will face a third city council motion aimed at making him mayor in name only, just days after a nearly unanimous vote last week that stripped him of key powers.
Council will meet on Monday to consider the motion that would see Ford’s office and budget essentially moved to the control of the deputy mayor.
On Friday, the first special motion suspended the power of the mayor to appoint and dismiss the deputy mayor or executive committee members — which passed 39-3 — with only Mayor Ford, Coun. Doug Ford and Coun. David Shiner voting against it.
A second motion to strip him of emergency powers passed 41-2, which the Fords voted against.
“If I would have had a mayor acting the way I conducted myself, I would have done the same thing,” Mayor Ford said.
Yet, he is threatening a court fight over council’s actions and has hired veteran municipal lawyer George Rust-D’Eye.
Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside city hall Saturday morning to demand that Ford leave office immediately.
They said the current moves by city councillors to strip him of his mayoral powers don’t go far enough.
Meanwhile, Ford sounded a defiant tone in an interview with U.S. Fox News recorded just before the game, appearing unbowed at the prospect of a special city council meeting on Monday to vote on a motion further stripping away his mayoral authority.
“I’m going to continue to fight for the little guy. I’m going to continue to save taxpayers money. And if the councillors want to strip all my powers, that’s up to them,” he said, suggesting voters will have final say in next year’s municipal election.
Ford repeated that he is not an alcoholic or a drug addict, adding that he’s getting professional help and hitting the gym “for two hours every day.”
The Ford scandal has seen international news cameras join the fray at city hall, while the ongoing ordeal has become grist for the mill of television comics.
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” was the latest to lampoon Ford, riffing on him not once but twice in its latest episode. The show opened with a parody of the mayor’s repeated public apologies for such things as smoking crack, buying drugs, driving after drinking and using vulgar language on live TV.
Ford has his own platform with a show on Sun TV Monday night.
With files from The Canadian Press