Rob Ford's removal from office 'tragic': Tory MPP

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. (Sun files)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. (Sun files)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 12:45 PM ET

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s removal from office is a “tragic” situation but it’s up to the courts to hand down that verdict, Tory MPP Peter Shurman says.

“I think it’s tragic when a political figure winds up in a position like this,” Shurman said Monday. “He has done a reasonably good job in our estimation of handling affairs at the City of Toronto, getting costs in check … All I can say is we wish him well.”

The same conflict-of-interest rules apply to provincial MPPs as well as City of Toronto politicians, he said.

Politicians are subject to intense scrutiny regardless of their agenda, Shurman said.

“Rob Ford has his supporters and he has his detractors,” he said. “I’m sure the detractors are celebrating today.

“I don’t think there’s anything to celebrate here. We’re halfway through a (municipal) term and Toronto needs a steady hand on the tiller.”


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