Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

October 07, 2010 14:20 ET

Rossi: Vote For Who You Trust To Deliver Change

Mayoral candidate will bring honesty to City Hall, bargaining table

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - Building on his widely-praised platform Together We Can, Rocco Rossi today announced his plan to open city waste collection to competitive bidding.

Managed competition in waste collection would save the city $50 million per year according to a recent C.D. Howe Institute report.

"We will have to work together to get value for our money: unions, taxpayers, and City Hall," said Rossi. "That won't happen if our next mayor thinks that you can slash-and-burn your way to fiscal stability."

Rossi said that taxpayers and city workers are looking for a mayor who will tell the truth about Toronto's finances.

"Candidates fudging about money now will be fudging at the bargaining table later," said Rossi. "Candidates whose budget plans miss the mark by hundreds of millions of dollars are only setting the city up for chaos."

A Ford mayoralty would be a nightmare for city workers, Rossi suggested.

"The Toronto Sun said earlier this week that if you're voting Ford for his well-refined budget you should give your head a shake," said Rossi.

Opponent George Smitherman, on the other hand, will be unable to bring change to City Hall, said Rossi.

"With every Joe Mihevc [Smitherman] brings on his campaign, [...] he becomes less able to open waste collection to competition and less able to deliver the change we need," said Rossi. "George Smitherman and his cadre of career politicians mean more of the same."

Rossi said that Torontonians should vote for the candidate they trust rather than casting a "strategic" ballot.

"Don't believe that you can hold your nose and vote strategically without holding your nose for the next four years," said Rossi. "Together we can bring real change to City Hall."

Text of Remarks:

Notes for Remarks By Rocco Rossi

Candidate For Mayor

City of Toronto

"Change, Not Chaos"

October 7th, 2010

Leadership means telling the truth the first time.

My campaign has not been perfect...

But I have always been perfectly honest with Torontonians.

I haven't tossed out fictitious numbers as if they were fact.

I haven't told you that we can cut taxes and improve services.

I haven't claimed that getting value for our money, after so many years of entitlement and waste, would be easy.

But I have said we can do it - if we do it together.

I am here today to announce that as your mayor I will get our fiscal house in order... starting by opening the city's waste collection to all qualified bidders, including unions when the current contract at midnight on December 31, 2011.

Managed competition will save us $50 million according to a recent C.D. Howe institute report.

It's a first step towards saving money while preserving services.

We will have to work together to get value for our money... unions, taxpayers, and City Hall.

But that won't happen if our next mayor thinks that you can slash-and-burn your way to fiscal stability.

So Torontonians need to ask who can get control of our city's books without creating more chaos?

Rob Ford?

The Toronto Sun said earlier this week that if you're voting Ford for his well-refined budget you should give your head a shake.

George Smitherman?

His friend and ally Joe Mihevc voted against opening up waste to competition.

And with every Joe Mihevc he takes under his wing... every old-style, career politician of yesterday that George Smitherman brings on his campaign... the same politicians who brought us the garbage strike... he becomes less able to open waste collection to competition and less able to deliver the change we need.

A few days ago George Smitherman told the Toronto Sun about his plan to axe over four thousand union jobs at the city, more than 1,300 in the first year.

His fiscal agenda includes a gaping $100 million budget gap... and when the chips are down, he's going to bridge that gap on the backs of union workers.

George Smitherman and his cadre of career politicians mean more of the same.

This was the scene last summer at Christie Pits.

Torontonians don't want four more years of chaos and wildcat strikes.

And union members don't want to be made scapegoats because a mayor hasn't done his fiscal homework.

We don't want more of the same.

We are ready for change.

I will be an honest broker at the bargaining table.

Earlier this week I released my fiscal plan to get City Hall back on track.

You can trust my numbers. You can trust my plan. You can trust that I'll do what I say I will do.

I will privatize the city's waste collection, but not by pushing CUPE workers into the street.

Because no one wants that again.

Together we can bring change to City Hall. But do not confuse change with chaos.

Candidates whose budget plans miss the mark by hundreds of millions of dollars are only setting the city up for chaos.

And that's why this election comes down to trust.

We all want a fair deal... taxpayers and city workers.

Managed competition in waste collection is part of that.

But trust is the issue.

Who will voters and workers trust to lead them wisely and honestly?

Who will bring change at City Hall, not chaos in the streets?

TO workers I say candidates fudging about money now, will be fudging at the bargaining table later.

TO voters I say: Candidates asking for your trust now should be nailing down their fiscal plans to the dollar -- or you'll be trucking your waste again.

To all Torontonians I say: don't believe that you can hold your nose and vote strategically without holding your nose for the next four years.

If you don't vote for the change you believe in...

If you choose more of the same rather than the change we need...

We will all be holding our nose for another four long years.

I am counting on you.

Your neighbours are counting on you.

Your fellow Torontonians are counting on you to reject the political games of yesterday...

Reject 'strategic voting' that leaves you no further ahead than where you began...

Career politicians like George Smitherman and Joe Mihevc and Rob Ford think they own City Hall.

We're going to take it back.

On October 25th, I am asking Torontonians to elect the candidate they trust.

Because together we can make City Hall honest...

Together we can get value for our money...

Together we can Take Back Our City Hall.

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