Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

September 08, 2010 22:01 ET

Rossi Drives Home Message of Accountability; Takes on Smitherman's Record

Mayoral Candidate Comes Out On Top At All-Candidates Debate With 'Freeze and Fix' Plan

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2010) - With Election Day drawing closer and the race for Mayor heating up, Rocco Rossi continues to build momentum with strong debate performances.

Rossi was the clear winner at the Toronto Debates 2010 forum earlier this evening, hammering home his plan to drive economic growth and restore accountability to City Hall.

"For too long we have been frustrated by a City Hall that is not delivering," said Rossi. "To change that we require a whole new direction, we need to open up City Hall, and we need to stop electing the same-old career politicians."

Rossi received enthusiastic applause for his criticism of opponent George Smitherman's record on waste and accountability: "My opponent has already wasted one billion taxpayer dollars on E-Health and now he wants to be our budget chief," he said.

Following the debate, Rossi said he was pleased with the discussion and the clear contrast drawn between himself and the rest of the field. "This was another opportunity to discuss my plan to return power at City Hall to the people of Toronto," said Rossi. "The right to recall, term limits, online voting, and now my freeze and fix plan are all a part of a responsible agenda to make City Hall accountable to voters."

Rossi also elaborated on his plan to change the way City Hall is governed by cutting city council in half to 22 members and having an additional four councillors elected "at large" to represent each of the four former boroughs, Scarborough, Toronto/East York, North York and Etobicoke/York. Those four councillors plus the Mayor would form a Board of Control to tackle the City's macro issues and City finances

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