Conflict & Justice

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Ordered to Leave Office


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks at city hall in Toronto, November 26, 2012. The mayor of Toronto, Canada's largest city, was ordered removed from office on Monday after a judge found him guilty of breaking conflict-of-interest laws. In a 24-page ruling, Ontario Provincial Judge Charles Hackland ruled Mayor Rob Ford acted wrongly when he voted with the city council to scrap a fine he had incurred for accepting donations for his football foundation from lobbyists. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: POLITICS)



Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, has been ordered out of office. Ford, who has courted controversy since his election in 2010, was found by a judge to have flouted conflict of interest rules.

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The case stems from Ford's refusal to repay funds that he solicited for his high school football team when he was a city councilman.

The ruling is set to take effect in two weeks. For his part, Ford blamed "left wing politics," and said he would appeal to ruling.

We hear more from Lorrie Goldstein of The Toronto Sun newspaper.