"In my opinion, the respondent's actions were characterized by ignorance of the law and a lack of diligence in securing professional advice, amounting to willful blindness," Judge Hackland wrote. The judge suspended his decision for 14 days to allow the city to sort out administrative difficulties.
Ford on Monday told local media "left-wing politics" were responsible for his ouster. Ford said he would appeal the ruling, and continued his duties as mayor on Monday.
But on Tuesday City Solicitor Anna Kinastowski told the City Council Ford cannot run in any byelection run to replace him. Ford's lawyer publicly had interpreted the judicial decision citing "end of the term" to be a period of 14 days, ending Dec. 10. But Kinastowki said, "It is my opinion that word term means 2010 to 2014,” the period for which Ford was elected.
The mayor has continually clashed with the Toronto Transit Commission, which sought to implement an expansive light rail transit plan formulated prior to Ford's becoming mayor, and which the mayor initially overturned, before TTC in turn reversed course itself and reaffirmed its commitment to LRT, initially labeled the "Transit City" plan.