Concerning Mayor Ford

Like many of you, I am both saddened and concerned to hear recent announcements from the Mayor.

I have serious concerns about the distraction this has caused from important City business, about the responsibilities of public office, and about Toronto's reputation. I am also greatly concerned for the man, and for his health and well-being.

But I can assure you that, despite the distraction, my priorities remain unchanged – to serve Ward 18 residents and champion the issues important to our community.

Councillors have been discussing this issue and, while we recognize our limited legal powers, we share common cause in seeing the business of the City move forward. At next week's City Council meeting, motions will be coming forward concerning governance at City Hall. I will be carefully reviewing these motions, and supporting those I feel put Toronto, and its residents, first.

Ultimately, City Council is about consensus and any one representative, including the mayor, remains only one vote. Good policies, and successful motions, are accomplished only through collaboration – as has always been the case. To this end, I will continue to work with my council colleagues on behalf of residents and our city.

I am well aware of the immense pressure that can exist between legal advice and personal reflection. This is a time to listen to friends and family, to staff and advisors; to listen to one's own heart and conscience and reflect on the reasons that first inspired you to run for office. I encourage the mayor to do this.

As I said last May, when early reports of the Mayor's situation emerged, I am confident of Council's support for the Mayor to take a leave of absence in which to deal with these issues, independent of the media spotlight and the significant demands of public office. I continue to stand by this message.

Sincerely,

Ana Bailão
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 18, Davenport

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