Trinity-Spadina Councillor Adam Vaughan couldn’t even get a nomination to sit on Mayor Rob Ford’s Executive Committee at a Wednesday meeting of the city’s Striking Committee which is tasked with making recommendations to fill appointments on various city committees and agencies.
But Vaughan, one of Ford’s most vocal critics on council, is hoping Toronto Council will see the light when it meets next month, and overrule the Striking Committee’s recommendations to put Ford loyalist Vincent Crisanti into the vacancy on the committee.
“Ultimately it’s council’s decision,” said Vaughan, who represents Ward 20 on city council. “I think there’s a case to be made to recognize that on major issues it’s not about ideology – it’s about making sure that different parts of the city are present when issues are being debated.”
Vaughan pointed out that, currently, the mayor’s committee has no representation from the city’s downtown core. He said lack of representation on important committees can lead to unforeseen problems.
“Maybe one of the reasons we didn’t get attention to streetcar lines this past snowstorm was the downtown councillors, who represent areas where most of the streetcar lines are, weren’t a part of the Toronto Transit Commission.”
Toward that end, Vaughan had put his name on a short list of councillors interested in serving on Ford’s Executive Committee. The others were York Centre Councillor Maria Augimeri and Etobicoke North Councillor Vincent Crisanti.
The committee only considered Crisanti, a Ford loyalist since the 2010 municipal election.
The committee also voted to appoint York South-Weston Councillor Frances Nunziata to the Budget Committee.