“These latest remarks, while wearing our team’s jersey, are particularly disappointing,” the Canadian Football League team said in a statement.
The council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ask Ford to take a leave of absence, but the motion was non-binding because the council lacks the authority to force the mayor from office unless he is convicted of a crime. The council is set to consider another motion today to strip Ford of some of his powers.
“This is one of the most stubborn, pig-headed people I think we have ever seen,” Councilor Janet Davis said. “He seems to have no self-awareness, no core of moral character. It is stunning.”
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said yesterday that the provincial government would be willing to step in and approve legislation to remove the mayor, but only if the council voted unanimously to seek that step and the provincial legislature supported it.
City Councilor Denzil Minnan-Wong had considered introducing a motion asking the province to intervene but decided against it because of lack of support from councilors who feared setting a dangerous precedent.
No matter what the council does, Ford seems intent to remain in the limelight. The tabloid Sun News Network, announced that the mayor and his brother Doug, a city councilor, will do a current events television show called “Ford Nation” on Monday nights.