Rob Ford campaigns against city council lunches (insert ironic joke about Ford’s waistline here)

Rob Ford campaigns against city council lunches (insert ironic joke about Ford’s waistline here)

The swank city council buffet (Image: Rob Ford For Mayor Campaign) 

Next up on Rob Ford’s chopping block: lunch. The mayoral candidate continued his legacy of bottom-line nitpicking (and pissing off other city councillors) yesterday by vowing to rid city hall of the free food doled out at meetings if he becomes mayor. Members of Ford’s campaign team have snapped photos of a mid-afternoon meal in which city councillors indulged in a bacchanal of extravagant delicacies: cheap-looking fruit platters, wraps and soggy sandwiches.

Still, Ford likened the whole scene to “pigs at a trough.” Councillor Shelley Carroll argued that the “snacks” cost council just $8,870 per year. Ford, ever the skeptic, said it’s probably about $8,000 per meeting, amounting to $88,000 per year—that’s some expensive Wonder Bread. It’s no wonder that other city councillors, in light of a Mayor Ford possibility, are dreaming up ways to work around him.

• Stop free lunch for council: Ford [Toronto Sun]