Toronto Board of Trade tells mayor to step aside
Wilding says Ford cannot put Toronto first while dealing with latest controversy
Board of Trade says mayor should step aside
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Toronto board of Trade CEO Carol Wilding said in a statement that Mayor Rob Ford should step aside from his job until the latest controversy is cleared.
The president of the Toronto Board of Trade says Mayor Rob Ford should step aside.
“Toronto Region Board of Trade believes that under current circumstances it is in the best interests of the city of Toronto for Mayor Ford to take a leave of absence until the situation is resolved,” said Carol Wilding, president and CEO, in a statement, referring to the controversy surrounding him and a video allegedly showing him smoking crack cocaine.
“The Mayor of the city must put Toronto first.”
She continued to say that the current video controversy is too much of a distraction to allow him to effectively address the city’s priorities “such as attracting investment, jobs and talent from around the world” as well as leading the development of the transportation plan.
“Putting Toronto first means overseeing daily operations ensuring Toronto’s $11-billion annual budget is properly managed,” Wilding said. “These annual budget deliberations are about to begin.
“It is our view that Mayor Ford cannot effectively fulfill these duties and others while this cloud hangs over him and the city. We understand this matter must be very troubling to the Mayor and urge him to resolve it as quickly as possible.”