Ontario premier on Rob Ford: ‘personal issues’ should be dealt with quickly

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne meets with reporters May 21, 2013 at Queen's Park in Toronto on her 100th day in office. (Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail)

Premier Kathleen Wynne said she is concerned about “personal issues” getting in the way of city business and that they must be “dealt with as quickly as possible.”

Responding to questions about Mayor Rob Ford’s alleged crack cocaine use, the Premier did not reference the embattled mayor by name, but said any problems must be dealt with by council as a whole.

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“When there is a distraction of a personal nature or a distraction that takes the council and the leadership away from serving the interests of the city and getting the business of the city done, then that’s a problem,” she said Tuesday afternoon. “My hope is that they will be dealt with on a personal level and at a council level as quickly as possible.”

Ms. Wynne’s comments came on a day when Mr. Ford claimed the province was not on side with his desire for a downtown casino and a week after city council rejected numerous proposed revenue streams to pay for Queen’s Park’s transit-building plan.

Asked if she was concerned about working with the city in light of all the troubles at city hall, Ms. Wynne replied: “It’s concerning to me if there are issues – whether they’re personal issues – that get in the way of a municipal government being able to do its business and being able to work in the best interests of the city. I think that whatever those issues are, they need to be dealt with as quickly as possible so that the council and the leadership of the council can get on with dealing with the business of governing the city.”

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