Printed on: November 19, 2013

Toronto mayor loses last powers


TORONTO (AP) -- Amid cries of "Shame! Shame!" scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was stripped of the last of his meaningful powers Monday after a heated City Council debate in which he argued with members of the public, charged hecklers and knocked a councilwoman down.

Ford called the move a "coup d'etat" and vowed an "outright war" in the next election.

"What's happening here today is not a democratic process, it's a dictatorship process," the 44-year-old mayor declared.

The council voted overwhelmingly in favor of slashing Ford's office budget by 60 percent and allowing his staff to move to the deputy mayor, who now takes on many of the mayor's former powers. Ford now effectively has no legislative power and no longer chairs the executive committee, although he retains his title and ability to represent Toronto at official functions.