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So what happens now? Matt Gurney, Chris Selley, and Jonathan Goldsbie debate another court case and another City Hall.
Gurney: Hey, guys. Before we get this panel going, I just wanted to tell you I had a crazy dream last night, and you were both in it. Yeah, some minor legal issue flared up and then Ford wasn’t mayor anymore, or maybe he was, but there had to be this whole wild court thing, and we were all like “Whoa” and then … why are you looking at me like that? What do you mean, all of that actually happened? Oh, hell. Did we also actually cross the streams against the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? No? Figures.
Well, OK, then. So we’re living this thing. Obviously Ford is appealing the order removing him office, and we’ll see how that goes. Legal opinion seems pretty passionately split. If he wins, obviously, he remains mayor. But let’s focus on what happens if he doesn’t win. The two options being discussed are that council could select one of their own to step in and serve as mayor until the next election in 2014, or we could hold a byelection to choose a new mayor. I’m not opposed to the first option, per se. As someone who still generally supports that nebulous construction known as The Ford Agenda, I kind of like the thought of it being executed by someone competent (Doug Holyday, white courtesy phone, please. Doug Holyday, white courtesy phone.) But I prefer an election. I think the best way to just sort out this whole bizarre mess is to go back to the voters. Give Ford a chance to keep his job, if he can earn it. And it might, if nothing else, spare us two years of speculating about Olivia Chow’s future. In or out, milady?