TORONTO, ON (TheBadgerCA) – Following the appeal victory of his conflict of interest conviction on Friday, controversy was quick to visit Toronto mayor Rob Ford in yet another public relations storm.
Saturday saw the Ontario provincial Liberal party vote in Kathleen Wynne as the interim premier for the province, following the stepping down of Dalton McGuinty from the position. In a tweet following the announcement, Ford stated “Looking forward to working with Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne. Helping make #Toronto & Ontario the best place to live work & do business”.
Wynne, the province’s first female and openly gay leader, replied in kind and hoped to schedule a meeting on Friday, February 1st to “get the ball rolling on Toronto-Ontario relations and discuss how to better the lives of Ontario families and all Ontarians, straight, gay, or otherwise”.
Today, Wynne’s invitation was declined from Ford’s office, stating “the mayor regrets to inform the gay premier that he will not be able to make the proposed meeting on February 1st. The mayor has a long-standing annual engagement with his family. It is a family tradition and regrets that there is no way he can cancel it.”
When pressed, Ford stated as he ran into City Hall past reporters this afternoon, “It’s the Sunnydale Winterama in Collingwood and the kids have to be up there in time for the pancake breakfast.”
Wynne’s staff have been working with the mayor’s office to arrange another date. So far the mayor’s calendar has been described as “suddenly and unbelievably full”.