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Do you agree that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford should be removed from office?

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Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles T. Hackland has ruled that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has violated conflict of interest rules and removed him from office.

 Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, seen here coaching his Don Bosco Eagles football team, was ordered removed from office Monday. (Christopher Drost/CP)Hackland ruled that Ford spoke and participated in a council vote regarding a financial penalty he was ordered to pay in relation to donations he solicited for his football charity.

The ruling will take effect in 14 days because Hackland said it would "necessitate administrative changes." 

In August 2010, council and city integrity commissioner Janet Leiper said that Ford must pay back $3,150 in donations that corporate and lobbyist donors had given the Rob Ford Football Foundation when he was a city councillor.

Leiper found in 2010 that Ford had violated council's code of conduct when he used city letterhead to solicit donations for the foundation.

On Feb. 7, council voted to rescind that directive and during debate on the issue, Ford spoke and he also participated in the vote. 

As Ford was found guilty, he was automatically removed from office, the only sanction for breaking the conflict of interest law. 

Do you think it was fair that Ford was removed from office? Let us know what you think. 

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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