Toronto’s embattled mayor celebrated his third major victory in as many months on Monday after the city’s compliance audit committee dropped the investigation into apparent election spending contraventions during his 2010 campaign.
After hearing for more than two hours from the forensic auditor who uncovered the apparent breaches, and lawyers for both Mayor Rob Ford and the Toronto men who sought the audit, the committee voted 2 to 1 to accept the report’s findings without commencing legal proceedings against Mr. Ford.
The decision was delivered with some drama in city hall’s committee room 1, with member John Hollins, a former chief electoral officer with Elections Ontario, first moving a motion that would have hired a special prosecutor to look into the matter. “I am dissenting,” Virginia MacLean, a municipal lawyer on the panel, said quietly. It then fell to chair Douglas Colbourne, a chartered accountant and former chair of the…
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