Editor's Note: The following is the third of three online articles explaining the Toronto City Hall saga that has gripped the country. Parts I and II can be found by following the links below. This article describes the varied responses from the Ontario premier and the province's opposition leader.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
Despite having only extremely limited powers to intervene without taking the extraordinary step of rewriting the City of Toronto Act that sets out the city’s powers, Ontario’s Liberal Premier has gradually amplified her language about the allegations surrounding Rob Ford in recent days. “I’m worried about the situation,” Ms. Wynne said on Thursday. “We’re monitoring it very carefully and, as appropriate, we will be involved.”
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak
He has been a booster of Rob Ford in the past, but he has remained silent about the Ford brothers since the drug allegations came to light. Doug Ford announced in the spring that he would run for Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives in the next provincial election. This week the party appeared to distance itself from him when Tory House Leader Jim Wilson said of Doug: “He’s not our candidate.”