Fair Elections Toronto is pleased that Mayor Ford has withdrawn his appeal of the order to audit his election campaign.
While Mayor Ford’s decision to suspend his appeal is commendable, we note that it comes almost a full year after an audit was ordered and on the heels of multiple judgements in other Ontario courts that made it abundantly clear that no court would side with the legal arguments advanced by the mayor to oppose an audit.
We hope that this indicates the beginning of Mayor Ford’s full cooperation with the audit process, including his willingness to provide access to any record deemed necessary by the auditor that is within his personal control, including those of the Rob Ford for Mayor Campaign, Deco Labels and Tags, and Doug Ford Holdings, as well as those related to his duties at the City of Toronto.
As the City of Toronto has already retained an auditor, Fair Elections Toronto expects that an audit will commence within a matter of weeks.
Fair Elections Toronto would also like to express its gratitude to our legal team of Rob Centa, Nini Jones and Jodi Martin at Paliare Roland LLP for their determined effort to zealously guard the procedural loopholes that Mayor Ford attempted to exploit throughout his appeal.