The struggle to restore Toronto’s power may have paled compared to the power struggle behind the scenes.
On one hand, you had a mayor trying to be a mayor and on the other, you had the deputy mayor — with appointed executive powers — waiting to, perhaps, take control.
To do that, a state of emergency needed to be called.
But Mayor Rob Ford is the only one who can do that.
If such a declaration was made, Councillor Norm Kelly — the deputy mayor — would have taken charge.
In the wake of Ford’s crack cocaine scandal, city council determined that Kelly — not the mayor — should be the one to lead in the event of an emergency. As a result, council transferred that power from Ford to Kelly.
Lots of games being played.
Read the rest of Joe Warmington's column at The Toronto Sun
h/t Tarek Fatah