In the wake of the controversy surrounding Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford, there has been considerable attention on what legal grounds allow for the removal of an elected mayor from office. This C.E.D post provides an overview of grounds for removal. Interestingly, Ontario is one of the few jurisdictions where a criminal conviction alone is insufficient to remove a member of council or a mayor. However, being unable to vote in a municipal election disqualifies a person from holding office, and persons serving penal sentences are not permitted to vote in municipal elections. Therefore, a member of council or a mayor who is serving a penal sentence may be removed from office on the ground of being ineligible to vote in a municipal election.
Dec 05, 2013READ MORE »