Former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion now says he is too busy to work as a special housing advisor to Premier Doug Ford.
Hours after Ford provided reporters that McCallion – who had received a patronage of up to $ 150,000 a year on January 18th – would work for free, a 97-year-old said she was taking.
"Unfortunately, due to my extensive commitment, I am unable to take as long as this appointment," she said on Wednesday.
"As a result, I will not accept the official appointment and the agenda that goes with it."
McCallion, who led Mississauga from 1978 to 2014, added that she was a "phone call" if Ford ever asked for advice.
In a statement, the Prime Minister said: "It is a sign of her true character that she does not feel comfortable accepting this appointment, given the time and energy she would need."
But earlier in the day Ford had said that she would be a great value for free.
"I saw him at the weekend – a man who is dynamic. She said, "Doug, I was sitting on eight plates. I'll help you, but I'm not getting a salary, ”he said, admiring that McCallion would be 98 on February 14th.
The ruling progressive conservative parties made a lot of heat and talk-radio broadcasts from political opponents to accept McCallion as a high-priced consultant for housing in the Toronto and Hamilton area.
However, in another patronage dominated by the government, Ford refused to say whether he would be bound by the integrity commission's recommendation to Mr David Wake, who is checking out the November 29 Toronto police Supta lease. Ron Taverner as Police Commissioner of Ontario Province.
The appointment of Tavern 72, Prime Minister's long-standing family friend, remains unjust, as Wake investigates the opposition's NDP complaint that there is political interference in unusual work.
When asked if he would follow the findings of the Commissioner for Integrity, if Wake concluded that political interference was taking place, Ford did not respond directly.
"The Justice Commissioner goes through it. I have great respect for him. I will sit down and listen to what he has to say … I think he's doing a great job, by the way, ”he said.
Ford rejected the concerns expressed by police experts and critics about the appointment of Taverner, who feared that the prime minister would be the head of the OPP, threatening the independence of the country's second-largest police force.
“I travel all over the province. The only people who talk about it are the media, ”said the prime minister.
NDP MPP Sandy Shaw (Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas) denied that people are worried because "it is clear that Doug Ford is supposed to be inviolable by any police force that might investigate abuse of power".
"Without a truly independent OPP commissioner, Ontario simply has no recourse," Shava said, only the day-to-day government could call on Mounties to investigate the offense if OPP is considered a conflict.
"We cannot trust a close Ford ally to investigate his government, and we certainly cannot trust our government to urge the RCMP to conduct further investigations."
At the first press conference since December 18, the prime minister also said that "there is no sweat at the back" that bla-a-beer, which he promised during the last spring election campaign and announced a fanfare in August, has faded.
One remaining $ 1-a-bottle member, Cool Beer Brewing from Etobicoke, reduces his cheap champagne additive for a long weekend the rest of the year, as Toronto Star first reported on Tuesday.
After the government lowered the minimum price of beer to $ 1 for a standard bottle or beer beer below 5.6% alcohol, two other brewers did a short share.
“Bla-a-beer was a challenge. We got rid of the regulation, some companies took us, ”added Ford, who said he was not drinking himself.
Rob Ferguson is a Toronto-based reporter covering Ontario policy. Follow him on Twitter: @ robferguson1
Robert Benzie is Star Queen's head of the office and reporter covering the policy of Ontario. Follow him on Twitter: @robertbenzie