Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

September 12, 2010 19:36 ET

Rossi Calls Out Career Politician Opponent Over Term Limits

Smitherman Says No to Term Limits, Wants Job for Life

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2010) - In a televised debate that mayoral contender Rocco Rossi won handily, rival George Smitherman revealed his confusion over the wildly popular idea of term limits. During OMNI TV's televised debate, which airs at 8PM on Sunday September 12, Smitherman said he could argue both sides of the question. Rival Rocco Rossi shot back: "That's what politicians do."

Rossi, whose campaign is gaining increasing strength every day as Toronto's election day approaches, is the only candidate to vow that he will introduce limits of two terms totaling eight years for the mayor's office in order to put power back into the hands of the people of Toronto. He also has committed to getting voters the right to recall failed politicians.

Rossi told viewers that the current system of unlimited terms of office for councilors and mayors leads to inertia in government and power staying in the hands of incumbents. "Diversity is not reflected at city hall," he said. The debate was co-sponsored by four chambers of commerce from the Italian, Chinese, Portuguese and Indo-Canadian communities.

"Not only will I present a plan," said Rossi, "but I believe in the right of recall to give power back to people. If you don't get the job done, you're fired. Unfortunately career politicians don't live in that world."

Later in the debate, Smitherman admitted to the audience, "My plan is pretty basic."

Following the debate, Rossi was lauded by audience members as the only candidate who was honest with the voters of Toronto and not attempting to buy votes with taxpayers' money by making impossible promises to immediately freeze or cut taxes. "That isn't possible until we get our financial house in order. I will do that starting on Day One because I am the only one with a complete and practical plan to control spending at City Hall," Rossi told them.

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