Analysis: Wynne's snub of Rob Ford childish

Premier Kathleen Wynne at a press conference at the Queen's Quay LCBO in Toronto on Wednesday,...

Premier Kathleen Wynne at a press conference at the Queen's Quay LCBO in Toronto on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

TORONTO -- How dare she?

How dare Kathleen Wynne -- an unelected premier who refuses to get her own mandate to govern -- snub the democratically elected mayor of this country's largest city?

This childish, stubborn refusal to meet with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to discuss compensation over the devastating losses from the ice storm is shocking.

Whether Wynne likes it or not, Ford was elected by 47.11% of voters in this city. He got a resounding 383,501 votes -- almost 100,000 more than second-place George Smitherman.

What has happened since then amounts to a coup. The left wing of council had a hissy fit -- as left-wing councillors always do when their own candidate doesn't get elected.

No matter what you think of Ford -- and frankly, I'm revolted by revelations of his drinking, crack cocaine use and the disgraceful way he talked about his wife -- police have charged him with nothing.

Until they do, like it or lump it, he's the mayor.

Ford was in charge during the ice storm.

Wynne stuck to her silly notion that she should work with deputy mayor Norm Kelly when she talked to reporters Wednesday.

She was asked about comments Ford made to QMI Agency's Joe Warmington on Newstalk 1010 Tuesday that Wynne is angry with him for campaigning for Etobicoke-Lakeshore Tory MPP Doug Holyday in the August byelection.

"This isn't about a political grudge," she told reporters.

Could have fooled me.

"This is about me saying when the city council made a decision to vest authority in deputy mayor Kelly, that I was going to meet with deputy mayor Kelly, and that's what I will continue to do," she said.


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