Mayor Rob Ford slams $75K chair purchase

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says the person responsible for the city's decision to pay almost $75,000 on chairs "is no longer with the city."

Mayor Rob Ford slams $75K chair purchase

Toronto's mayor is angry over $75K spent on 30 chairs at city hall 3:00

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says the person responsible for the city's decision to pay almost $75,000 on chairs "is no longer with the city."

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants to know why the city paid almost $75,000 for 30 of these chairs. (Jamie Strashin/CBC)

Speaking to media this afternoon, Ford wouldn't identify the staffer and refused to say whether the person was fired or resigned.

He also would not clarify whether the staffer's departure was related to the purchase of the chairs, but said "there's a series of issues going on."

Ford said he was upset at the decision to spend almost $75,000 to replace 30 chairs in the members' lounge at city hall.

"We cant tolerate this," he said. "I can assure you it wont happen again. To spend $25,000 on these heritage chairs is insane." 

The Toronto Taxpayers’ Coalition also expressed its anger about the chair purchase.

Surely the city of Toronto can find a better deal on 30 chairs than $75,000- Toronto Taxpayers' Coalition spokesman Matthew McGuire

"This is completely unacceptable," said coalition spokesman Matthew McGuire. "Why is the city playing musical chairs with taxpayers' money? Surely, the city of Toronto can find a better deal on 30 chairs than $75,000. This is exactly what voters wanted to stop in the last election."

City officials say the chairs were old and needed to be replaced. Ford, who ran on a platform of fiscal restraint, said he sat in them recently and doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with them.

The mayor also said he was meeting with city officials to see if the new chairs can be returned. 

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.