Council strips Toronto Mayor Rob Ford of most powers
CTV News: The Toronto city council voted to strip Mayor Rob Ford of more powers, including reducing his budget. Most of Ford’s powers have been transferred to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.
Before the vote, several councillors stood up to speak to the motion before Mayor Ford addressed the chamber as the last speaker.
Ford dismissed the move to limit his powers as “nothing more than a coup d’etat,” and accused councillors of telling Toronto voters “that their vote does not count.”
Then, in a bizarre turn, Ford said the move reminded him of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s decision to attack Kuwait.
“And Pres. (George H.W.) Bush said, ‘I warn you, I warn you, I warn you, do not.’ Well folks, if you think American-style politics is nasty, you guys have just attacked Kuwait.
Earlier in the day, the mayor’s brother Councillor Doug Ford got into a verbal altercation with members of the public, reporters in the chamber said. At one point, the mayor broke into a run around the side of the chamber and crashed into Councillor Pam McConnell.
Photo: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sits in the council chamber as councillors look to pass motions to limit his powers in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (Chris Young / The Canadian Press)