Proposed change to law would have allowed Rob Ford to stay in office

Mayor Rob Ford makes a statement to the media in Toronto on November 27, 2012 after Ontario...

Mayor Rob Ford makes a statement to the media in Toronto on November 27, 2012 after Ontario Superior Court Judge Charles Hackland ruled Ford acted wrongly when he voted at city council to scrap a fine imposed on him for accepting donations to his football foundation from lobbyists. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 8:31 PM ET

TORONTO - The former judge who recommended changes to the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA) says Mayor Rob Ford might still be in office if a "Draconian" section of the code had been revised as he'd recommended.

Former Justice Douglas Cunningham, who led an exhaustive inquiry into conflict allegations against Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, recommended in his Oct. 2011 report a number of changes to the MCIA, including the addition of alternative penalties, such as a 120-day suspension or a formal apology.

"I think this case clearly cries out for some legislated change which would include lesser sanctions," Cunningham said.


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