Tense council vote overrules Rob Ford, transit funding debate will happen later this week

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Toronto city council has overruled Mayor Rob Ford and his executive by voting to have a debate on a controversial slate of transit taxes and fees this week.

A coalition of councillors led by TTC chair Karen Stintz managed to scrape together the necessary two-thirds support to seize a matter that had been deferred by the executive committee.

The tension was palpable in the council chambers Tuesday morning as Councillor John Parker moved the highly anticipated motion seeking to provide input to Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency crafting a funding plan for transit expansion across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. It carried 27 to 13.

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“I respect the will of council. If they want to debate it, go ahead,” said Mayor Ford afterwards, who plans to oppose the entire list and still vows to “name names” during the next election of those who put it on the…

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