OTTAWA — A court ordered the mayor of Toronto, Canada’s largest city, to be removed from office for violating conflict of interest rules when soliciting donations for his football charity.
Mayor Rob Ford got into legal trouble when he spoke out at a city council vote in February against a $3,150 fine he was ordered to pay over the ethics breach.
A Toronto resident took him to court for violating the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, which at trial Ford said he had not read.
Ford said he will appeal the ruling, and if he fails to have the decision overturned will run again for mayor in a by-election.
“I will fight tooth and nail to hold onto my job,” he told reporters, blaming “leftwing politics” for the court action that led to the ruling.
The court has delayed the decision for 14 days to give city officials time to put their house in order.