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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Welcome to the Banana Republic of Toronto

Oh, of course we’re fans of democracy — just so long as the right guy is in office.

That’s the dominant view playing out at Toronto City Hall.

Yes, democracy is in crisis in Canada’s largest city. But not because of Mayor Rob Ford’s seemingly endless list of personal faults, but because of what’s being done to him.

Council removed the mayor’s emergency powers and appointment abilities on Friday and on Monday took away much of his budget and staff.

This doesn’t seem to violate the letter of the law. But it certainly violates the spirit of the law.

The vague argument to justify this is that Toronto is in crisis.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne — who might still intervene — said the situation is “extraordinary and unique” without elaborating.

The apolitical city manager Joe Pennachetti came out two weeks ago to pour water on this.

“The situation that is unfolding is unfortunate ... It has also resulted in some media reports that the City of Toronto is in crisis. This is not the case.”

See also: Will Ford Nation be replaced with Spend Nation? 

h/t Blazing Cat Fur

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