Norm Kelly says he didn’t expect to take on Mayor Rob Ford’s powers

Council passed a bylaw suspending some of the mayor’s power in a landmark vote at a special council meeting Friday.

With the first motion, which passed 39-3 (only the Ford brothers and Coun. David Shiner voted against it), council first took away the mayor’s capacity to name and dismiss standing committee chairs and members of the executive committee.

The second vote took away the mayor’s emergency powers. The mayor can still call and end an emergency, but the bylaw passed in council Friday would give decision-making powers during that time to the deputy mayor.

According to the National Post, council will decide on Monday whether to give the deputy mayor “all powers and duties which are not by statute” assigned to the mayor.

After council’s vote, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly spoke to reporters about his new responsibilities:

Check out our live blog from Friday’s special council meeting:

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