Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wouldn't comment Tuesday on his ongoing fight to keep his job, but his deputy continued to advance the case that Ford should be reappointed if forced from office.

Ford's appeal of a ruling in a conflict-of-interest case has been heard by a panel of judges in a Divisional Court.

The mayor must now wait for them to reach a decision, which includes the possibility the judges could uphold the removal order resulting from a Superior Court judge's ruling in late November.

If Ford is forced from office, his fellow councillors will have to make a decision as to whether a byelection should be called, or if someone should be appointed for the final two years of his mayoral term.


Coun. Doug Holyday says that if Mayor Rob Ford loses his appeal, councillors should appoint him back to finish out his term. (CBC)

For the second day in a row, Coun. Doug Holyday, the deputy mayor, said that the penalty the Ford is facing is too severe.

And if the mayor should lose his appeal, Holyday again said he wants to see Ford appointed back to his job.

Holyday believes the mayor still has strong support among Toronto voters who "recognize the penalty far exceeds what’s happened."

But councillors from across the political spectrum aren't sure that is the way to go.

"I wouldn't support reappointing Mayor Ford until he can forward with a plan with why he wants to continue to be mayor," said Coun. Karen Stintz, who previously voiced support for calling a byelection if the mayor is ousted from office.

Coun. Gord Perks said the people should decide.

"I don't think any 44 Torontonians should pick the next mayor of Toronto," Perks said, referring to the number of city councillors who could decide to appoint a replacement.

"If there’s going to be a change, we should go back to the electorate."

The mayor's brother, Coun. Doug Ford, has also said that calling a byelection is the best option.

With a report from the CBC's Jamie Strashin