As a legal matter, once the judge found the amounts were material (an arguable point to my mind), the removal was automatic.
But that isn't the point -- should a judge have removed an elected Mayor where the judge carefully explained there was no corruption in the sense of personal gain or similar?
The law as written didn't give the judge an option. And that law was passed by duly elected MPPs.
That said, and I write as someone who did not support Rob Ford and has not supported him, it does feel wrong for the Mayor of Toronto to be removed on what seems like a minor technical legal point. Yes, it reflects a larger failing of Mr. Ford to distnguish betweenhis different roles in life but no one can say he was corrupt in the traditional sense -- taking money for favours.
I would have preferred an election.
But now everyone will be looking to remove elected municipal politicians through Court process (I suppose it is workfare for lawyers)... .