Jan 28, 2014
By Jane Brown
Mayor Rob Ford showed up at the Board of Trade’s annual dinner last night, just in time to hear his recent behavior criticized by the Board’s Chair.
But there was some question as to whether he was even supposed to be there. And he certainly wasn’t expected.
The Board was one of the first organizations to call for Ford’s resignation during the crack cocaine scandal. Although the Board sent Ford an invitation, it was unintentional, and the Board confirmed with the mayor’s office that he wasn’t invited.
When he showed up last night, he found a seat at the back of the Convention Centre, where he sat through a speech by Board Chair Carol Wilding that was critical of the city’s leadership last year, without mentioning Ford by name.
Ford left shortly afterwards.
It was Ford’s final appearance on a day when he said he will propose cuts to the city’s budget of $50-million tomorrow. But he says he’s keeping his ideas to himself until then, because there aren’t many people left at city hall he can trust.
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly has called on Ford to make his ideas public, rather than waiting until the last minute. City Council will debate the budget bill tomorrow.