Olivia Chow asks: ‘Who do you trust with the public purse?’


mentalfloss
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Olivia Chow asks: ‘Who do you trust with the public purse?’

Rob Ford says he wants voters to ask themselves this question on election day: “Who do you trust with your hard-earned tax dollars?”

Olivia Chow asked on Sunday: “Who do you trust with the public purse?”

Three of Chow’s conservative rivals have accused her of harbouring a big-spending agenda. In a novel gambit for a progressive New Democrat, she has responded by appropriating their rhetoric for herself.

More Toronto campaign news at thestar.com.

Chow, speaking at a downtown campaign rally, argued that she is the race’s true fiscal steward — because she wants to replace the Scarborough RT with a seven-stop light rail line rather than the far pricier three-stopsubway advocated by incumbent Ford and challengers John Tory and Karen Stintz.

Those candidates, Chow said, have “a scheme that is so big it will tie up all the money in the treasury for the next 10 years” — an exaggeration. She said she is “the woman who wants to make every nickel count.”

“A better city does not mean building an expensive underground rail (line) to Scarborough that will cost more and do less, and leave us with less money to invest in other priorities,” she said.

Tory, the former provincial Progressive Conservative leader, habitually refers to Chow as “the NDP candidate.” He said her claims to financial prudence are “an absolute joke.”

“Olivia Chow is the poster child for being a career politician who never met a public dollar she didn’t want to spend as quickly as she could,” he said in an interview.

“In the end, the voters will be able to examine the actual track records of people and their management of money and their habits with respect to money, and I think they’ll see through this in about two seconds.”

The once-planned light rail line was expected to cost $1.8 billion, to be paid entirely by the provincial government. The subway that is now planned will cost a significant additional sum — from hundreds of millions to $1 billion or more — and will require a 30-plus-year municipal property tax levy.

There is not yet evidence that Chow seeks a significant spending increase. She has promised a tax hike “around” the rate of inflation, and she has released a spate of modest policy measures aimed at lower-income suburban residents who have supported Ford in the past.

Ford is planning to return to work next Monday, ending a two-month leave of absence. Chow offered a pre-emptive rebuttal to any future Ford claim that he has been changed by his time in rehab for substance abuse.

She alleged on Tuesday that Tory is out of touch with the lives of ordinary people. She alleged on Sunday that Ford is “out of touch with our values.”

“Even if he’s changed his ways, I don’t think his beliefs have changed one little bit. He’s insulted women and our city’s ethnic, racial and sexual diversity too many times,” she said. “And all that’s changed is that he doesn’t even apologize.”

Chow’s campaign also ran a daylong training event for volunteers; more than 600 people took part, campaign spokesman Jamey Heath said. George Smitherman, who was defeated by Ford in 2010, gave the closing pep talk.
In her own speech, Chow became the first Ford rival to mention the November incident in which the mayor bowled over a diminutive colleague on the council floor.

“We’ve all seen Rob Ford’s idea of reaching across the aisle. It usually involves knocking people down. I prefer to tackle problems, not people,” she said to laughter.

http://m.thestar.com/#/article/news/...lic_purse.html
 
Locutus
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Rob Ford improves his polling numbers as he moves into second place during rehab | National Post
 
mentalfloss
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Ford sitting in third place ahead of municipal election
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Poll a couple of days ago had Chow & Tory in statistical tie and Ford 3rd.

As to Chow, I don't really trust her with the public purse or my tax dollars (same thing). Also, she is committed to leaving Scarborough in transit hell because we are probably not hip enough for her to waste taxpayer money on.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Poll a couple of days ago had Chow & Tory in statistical tie and Ford 3rd.

As to Chow, I don't really trust her with the public purse or my tax dollars (same thing). Also, she is committed to leaving Scarborough in transit hell because we are probably not hip enough for her to waste taxpayer money on.

Chow actually balanced five straight budgets as the budget manager under Lastman.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Chow actually balanced five straight budgets as the budget manager under Lastman.

Then she had Mel to keep her in line.
If elected then be prepared for more tax, more expenditures.
 
Locutus
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Out-to-lunch Olivia Chow strategist suggests Rob Ford crack scandal was his way to avoid attending Pride (external - login to view)
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Chow actually balanced five straight budgets as the budget manager under Lastman.

That was probably more Lastman than Chow.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

That was probably more Lastman than Chow.

Yea probably lol
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Yea probably lol

Wonder what she will do about this abuse of public funds.
Contacting out seems to work well.
That and a forensic audit conducted by Police of the costs and the Board itself.
Bandocrooks.

Toronto schools pay high prices for small jobs | Toronto Star
Here’s what taxpayers were charged for work done at Toronto public schools:

Installing a $17 pencil sharpener: $143 to put in four screws.

The installation of a sign on a school’s front lawn: $19,000

An electrical outlet on the wall in a school library: $3,000

A “breakfast club” kitchen: $250,000

When the librarian at the electrical outlet school saw the bill she hit the roof, wondering at “the number of books that could have been purchased with $3000.”

Toronto school board cost overruns: Province warns supervisor may be sent in to run board | Toronto Star
 
damngrumpy
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Rob Ford is a joke and everyone knows it. Chow is someone who could put a positive
face back into the cities reputation. I have doubts about all politicians but I would have
more trust in her than Ford or Tory. John Tory is actually worse than Ford he is looking
for an excuse to be relevant.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Chow actually balanced five straight budgets as the budget manager under Lastman.

Link, please.

Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Out-to-lunch Olivia Chow strategist suggests Rob Ford crack scandal was his way to avoid attending Pride (external - login to view)

I avoid it, too.
 
tay
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Rob Ford is like a stain in the carpet you can't get out........








Democracy Watch files complaint with Toronto Integrity Commissioner about inside lobbying by Rob Ford and Doug Ford on behalf of companies with ties to their family company






Democracy Watch believes that the inside lobbying actions of Rob Ford and Doug Ford on behalf of two companies that have ties to their family business raise serious questions that the Integrity Commissioner should investigate to determine whether the city’s council’s code of conduct has been violated,” said Duff Conacher.




As the Globe and Mail has documented in a few articles over the past couple of months, Rob Ford and Doug Ford have requested that City of Toronto officials to meet with representatives of two companies, have attended the meetings, and have assisted the companies with their activities concerning decision-making by city officials. Both companies have ties to the Fords’ family business, ties that city officials claim they were not informed by the Fords.


The preamble to the Code includes four statements of principle that “underline” the Code, including that members of Council should perform their functions with “integrity”; perform their duties and arrange their private affairs “in a manner that promotes public confidence and will bear close public scrutiny”; and uphold both the letter and the spirit of all laws.


The Code also has specific rules that prohibit: “the use of one’s status as a member of Council to improperly influence the decision of another person” to advantage of the councilor or their family or associates; and referring a corporation to a person in return for a “personal benefit".




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News | Democracy Watch (external - login to view)
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Link, please.


I avoid it, too.

How much crack did you do to require rehab?
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Wonder what she will do about this abuse of public funds.

That is old news.

What did Ford do about it?
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

Rob Ford is like a stain in the carpet you can't get out........News | Democracy Watch (external - login to view)

Monday, heeeeeeeee's back...those who are recovering drug users say this is a bad move due to stress of the job...way too soon

really ya think?

oh well....let the games begin
 
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