TORONTO - A Toronto councillor says Mayor Rob Ford crossed the line when he made robocalls to residents of his east-end ward criticizing the councillor for voting against a subway extension.
Paul Ainslie confirmed Tuesday that he plans to file a formal complaint with the city's integrity commissioner.
He has also said he'll complain to the CRTC over the robocalls received by many of his constituents Friday, just hours after Ainslie stepped down as a member of Ford's executive committee.
In the minute-long recorded message, Ford called it unfortunate that Ainslie did not vote in favour of the subway extension in his ward earlier that week, saying he was the only area councillor who didn't listen to his constituents on the issue.
Ainslie called the robocalls a "blatant act of political thuggery" and said Ford is using his "bully pulpit" to find a scapegoat.
On his weekly radio show on CFRB on Sunday, the mayor defended the calls, saying he didn't do anything wrong and he believes it's his responsibility to make sure constituents know how their councillors vote.
Though Ainslie once supported the subway expansion, he changed his mind in favour of a cheaper light rail line prior to last Tuesday's vote.
Ford said the robocalls were aimed at making sure his constituents knew that, adding that he was going to fire Ainslie from the executive committee before he quit.
Ainslie has said he resigned from the committee because he didn't want to be "bullied" by the mayor and told how to vote.
(680News, The Canadian Press)
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