Crisanti fired as deputy mayor after pledging Ford support

News Sep 12, 2017 by David Nickle Etobicoke Guardian

Mayor John Tory has fired Vince Crisanti from the position of deputy mayor, after the Etobicoke North councillor told Metroland Media Toronto that he would be supporting Doug Ford and not John Tory for mayor in 2018.

“Based on his words and actions over the past few days, he has clearly stated he does not support my administration and intends to campaign for another candidate who has an approach that I believe will take the city backwards,” said Tory in a news release, announcing that Etobicoke Centre Councillor Stephen Holyday would be replacing Crisanti in the largely ceremonial post.

Crisanti attracted Tory's ire after he attended Ford Fest, the annual backyard barbecue put on by the Ford family at their matriarch Diane Ford's Etobicoke home. The Sept. 8 barbecue also served as the launch of former city councillor Doug Ford's mayoral campaign.

Doug, brother to the late mayor Rob Ford, launched a blistering attack on Tory's mayoralty, accusing him of breaking election promises on public transit, raising taxes and neglecting residents. Crisanti was one of several politicians to introduce Ford, and while he did not explicitly endorse Ford's candidacy there, in an exclusive interview with Metroland he said that when the time came he would endorse Doug Ford.

“Next year come election time I'll continue to do what I've done in the past and support Doug Ford,”  Crisanti said.

In the interview, he insisted he saw no reason why he couldn't continue to serve as one of three deputy mayors. 

"Right now I'm focused, I'm clear and I've been very active and supportive on many issues. I think we could carry on without any issue from my perspective. I can't speak for anybody else,” he said.

But his position shocked some other councillors.

“Now that Councillor Crisanti has said he is going to be campaigning for Doug Ford, I'm very surprised that Councillor Crisanti is not stepping down as deputy mayor,” she Toronto-Danforth councillor Paul Fletcher. “I think he's just afraid of Doug Ford. The Fords made him and can break him.”

Ward 2 (Etobicoke North) Councillor Michael Ford, meanwhile – nephew to Doug Ford –  issued a statement critical of Tory's decision.

"The Mayor's decision flies in the face of his desire to have everyone working hard to make Toronto a better place, and is a decision made purely based on politics and not on merit," said Ford in his statement.  "Councillor Crisanti has done an admirable job as Deputy Mayor for western Toronto and delivered real results, but that did not matter to Mayor Tory.  He's shown us today that he will use his authority to punish those who he believes have wronged him."

Crisanti is being replaced by Stephen Holyday, whose father Doug served as Rob Ford's deputy mayor for the first part of the 2010-2014 term of Council.

Tory said that he hoped that Holyday would continue work that Crisanti had begun, building the economic viability of the city's west end. In the news release, Tory praised Holyday as “a diligent and honest member of Council and never failed to represent the interests of his residents.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated from its original version to include comments from Etobicoke North Councillor Michael Ford. Sept. 13, 2017.

Crisanti out as Tory's deputy mayor after he throws in with Doug Ford

News Sep 12, 2017 by David Nickle Etobicoke Guardian

Mayor John Tory has fired Vince Crisanti from the position of deputy mayor, after the Etobicoke North councillor told Metroland Media Toronto that he would be supporting Doug Ford and not John Tory for mayor in 2018.

“Based on his words and actions over the past few days, he has clearly stated he does not support my administration and intends to campaign for another candidate who has an approach that I believe will take the city backwards,” said Tory in a news release, announcing that Etobicoke Centre Councillor Stephen Holyday would be replacing Crisanti in the largely ceremonial post.

Crisanti attracted Tory's ire after he attended Ford Fest, the annual backyard barbecue put on by the Ford family at their matriarch Diane Ford's Etobicoke home. The Sept. 8 barbecue also served as the launch of former city councillor Doug Ford's mayoral campaign.

Doug, brother to the late mayor Rob Ford, launched a blistering attack on Tory's mayoralty, accusing him of breaking election promises on public transit, raising taxes and neglecting residents. Crisanti was one of several politicians to introduce Ford, and while he did not explicitly endorse Ford's candidacy there, in an exclusive interview with Metroland he said that when the time came he would endorse Doug Ford.

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“Next year come election time I'll continue to do what I've done in the past and support Doug Ford,”  Crisanti said.

In the interview, he insisted he saw no reason why he couldn't continue to serve as one of three deputy mayors. 

"Right now I'm focused, I'm clear and I've been very active and supportive on many issues. I think we could carry on without any issue from my perspective. I can't speak for anybody else,” he said.

But his position shocked some other councillors.

“Now that Councillor Crisanti has said he is going to be campaigning for Doug Ford, I'm very surprised that Councillor Crisanti is not stepping down as deputy mayor,” she Toronto-Danforth councillor Paul Fletcher. “I think he's just afraid of Doug Ford. The Fords made him and can break him.”

Ward 2 (Etobicoke North) Councillor Michael Ford, meanwhile – nephew to Doug Ford –  issued a statement critical of Tory's decision.

"The Mayor's decision flies in the face of his desire to have everyone working hard to make Toronto a better place, and is a decision made purely based on politics and not on merit," said Ford in his statement.  "Councillor Crisanti has done an admirable job as Deputy Mayor for western Toronto and delivered real results, but that did not matter to Mayor Tory.  He's shown us today that he will use his authority to punish those who he believes have wronged him."

Crisanti is being replaced by Stephen Holyday, whose father Doug served as Rob Ford's deputy mayor for the first part of the 2010-2014 term of Council.

Tory said that he hoped that Holyday would continue work that Crisanti had begun, building the economic viability of the city's west end. In the news release, Tory praised Holyday as “a diligent and honest member of Council and never failed to represent the interests of his residents.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated from its original version to include comments from Etobicoke North Councillor Michael Ford. Sept. 13, 2017.

Crisanti out as Tory's deputy mayor after he throws in with Doug Ford

News Sep 12, 2017 by David Nickle Etobicoke Guardian

Mayor John Tory has fired Vince Crisanti from the position of deputy mayor, after the Etobicoke North councillor told Metroland Media Toronto that he would be supporting Doug Ford and not John Tory for mayor in 2018.

“Based on his words and actions over the past few days, he has clearly stated he does not support my administration and intends to campaign for another candidate who has an approach that I believe will take the city backwards,” said Tory in a news release, announcing that Etobicoke Centre Councillor Stephen Holyday would be replacing Crisanti in the largely ceremonial post.

Crisanti attracted Tory's ire after he attended Ford Fest, the annual backyard barbecue put on by the Ford family at their matriarch Diane Ford's Etobicoke home. The Sept. 8 barbecue also served as the launch of former city councillor Doug Ford's mayoral campaign.

Doug, brother to the late mayor Rob Ford, launched a blistering attack on Tory's mayoralty, accusing him of breaking election promises on public transit, raising taxes and neglecting residents. Crisanti was one of several politicians to introduce Ford, and while he did not explicitly endorse Ford's candidacy there, in an exclusive interview with Metroland he said that when the time came he would endorse Doug Ford.

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“Next year come election time I'll continue to do what I've done in the past and support Doug Ford,”  Crisanti said.

In the interview, he insisted he saw no reason why he couldn't continue to serve as one of three deputy mayors. 

"Right now I'm focused, I'm clear and I've been very active and supportive on many issues. I think we could carry on without any issue from my perspective. I can't speak for anybody else,” he said.

But his position shocked some other councillors.

“Now that Councillor Crisanti has said he is going to be campaigning for Doug Ford, I'm very surprised that Councillor Crisanti is not stepping down as deputy mayor,” she Toronto-Danforth councillor Paul Fletcher. “I think he's just afraid of Doug Ford. The Fords made him and can break him.”

Ward 2 (Etobicoke North) Councillor Michael Ford, meanwhile – nephew to Doug Ford –  issued a statement critical of Tory's decision.

"The Mayor's decision flies in the face of his desire to have everyone working hard to make Toronto a better place, and is a decision made purely based on politics and not on merit," said Ford in his statement.  "Councillor Crisanti has done an admirable job as Deputy Mayor for western Toronto and delivered real results, but that did not matter to Mayor Tory.  He's shown us today that he will use his authority to punish those who he believes have wronged him."

Crisanti is being replaced by Stephen Holyday, whose father Doug served as Rob Ford's deputy mayor for the first part of the 2010-2014 term of Council.

Tory said that he hoped that Holyday would continue work that Crisanti had begun, building the economic viability of the city's west end. In the news release, Tory praised Holyday as “a diligent and honest member of Council and never failed to represent the interests of his residents.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated from its original version to include comments from Etobicoke North Councillor Michael Ford. Sept. 13, 2017.