City council held their first meeting of the post-Rob Ford era with many councillors paying tribute to the former mayor on Thursday morning.
Councillor Ford’s desk was filled with flowers, pictures and an empty seat.
There’s speculation that it could be months before the councillor’s seat is filled in Etobicoke North, but in the meantime, many of those at City Hall are still in a somber mood, as they continue to express their sympathy and condolences for Ford.
Mayor John Tory said that “Rob forced us all to think about our city and what was important by our biases and by his so doing I think he did help more people to become more engaged in our city. Rob Ford also believed the government is here to serve the people, not the other way around and in that he was right. He understood people’s frustrations and he responded to them by showing up to people’s houses and returning phone calls. That means a lot and it is a good example to all of us.”
Councillor Anthony Perruzza stated that he considered Ford to be more of a friend than a colleague. “He had this inert boyish quality about him that you rarely ever saw.”
The Ford legacy is strong in the minds of Torontonians and most of those who paid tribute and respects to him over the past week feel that he was all about serving the needs of the people here in the city.
According to Mayor Tory, council will wait till Tuesday, May 3rd to deem Ford’s Ward 2 seat as vacant.