Mayor Ford mum on allegations involving David Price
Metrolinx investigating alleged incident at GO station, reportedly involving Price
A controversial figure in Mayor Rob Ford’s office is reportedly under investigation for an alleged incident at a GO station last month.
Metrolinx confirmed Thursday that security officers are investigating an Aug. 27 incident at the Georgetown GO station where a man allegedly broke a door after a dispute with a GO agent.
A report in the Toronto Star has identified that man as David Price, who serves as the mayor’s director of operations and logistics.
Ford initially didn’t answer questions from reporters when asked Thursday about the latest controversy surrounding Price.
But later in the day, the mayor acknowledged that Metrolinx was looking into the matter.
"I don't comment through the media on personnel issues and as you know, Metrolinx is doing an investigation," Ford said. "Right now, I know as much as you know. That’s all I can say."
Controversy has dogged Price since he joined the mayor’s office less than a year ago.
CBC News first reported that Price made a series of fake calls to the mayor’s radio show.
He then phoned a Toronto newspaper to complain about coverage of the story.
Price was suspended over that incident.
He used to coach the mayor’s football team and has been friends with Coun. Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother, since the two were both teenagers.
Despite those long ties with the Ford family, patience with Price appears to be running thin with some councillors at Toronto City Hall.
Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong said that if the allegations are true, the mayor "has to deal with it head on and he has to move quickly and he has to deal with it decisively."
With a report from the CBC's Jamie Strashin