Monday, November 18, 2013

Toronto Council Cannot Remove Statutory Powers of the Mayor

News reports suggest that today's motion will seek to remove all of Mayor Ford's remaining powers. 

If that is, in fact, the proposal, then Mayor Ford has a Christmas in November situation.

The City of Toronto is a statutory body.  It is created by Provincial Legislation and cannot exceed the jurisdiction granted by statute.  And powers given by statute to the Mayor cannot be removed by the City.

Any attempt to remove statutory powers is simply illegal.



gabriel said...

Without suggesting any degree of moral equivalence, I think it's rather funny that council is punishing its mayor for his illegal use of drugs by attempting to act illegally itself.

Ben Burd said...

I understand they have drafted a motion that specifically excludes Statutory Powers from the Powers that they intend to remove