TORONTO – After a stunning day in which Toronto mayor Rob Ford confessed to smoking crack cocaine but vowed to stay on as mayor, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne indicated that she would quickly move to introduce legislation that would severely restrict voter eligibility in suburban areas of Toronto.
Ford’s base of conservative supporters, nicknamed “Ford Nation”, primarily live in these suburbs and were responsible for propelling Ford to mayoral power in the last election. Despite the resurgence of the crack cocaine scandal in recent days, polls have shown Ford’s popularity increasing slightly.
“Given the extraordinary events of today, it’s clear that we [the Ontario government] must act quickly to find a way to ensure that Mr. Ford does not remain in office beyond the current electoral term,” stated Wynne during a scrum with reporters.
“The fact that Mr. Ford was able to be elected is a disaster that was directly precipitated by the municipal amalgamation legislated by the previous Conservative government led by Mike Harris. That amalgamation resulted in Toronto having to absorb the electorate of what were effectively second tier cities, such as Etobicoke and Scarborough.”
“Residents of these areas do not possess an equivalent level of intellectualism, education, and culture as those from our city centre. It is inherently unfair to the citizens of urban Toronto that these suburban voters have the ability to dictate who our mayor is. They have had their chance, and we can see what an embarrassment it has been for all of us. Our decision-making process in city council is grinding to a halt, and our reputation has been tarnished abroad.”
“Mr. Ford has one term left. Over the next year, we are going to move to restrict voting from the suburban districts for the next election, so that they do not have undue influence over the results of the election. The position of the mayor of Toronto is too important to be decided by those that do not live in the core of our city and do not have an express interest in our urban development.”