Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

September 14, 2010 13:45 ET

Smitherman's 'Pass The Buck' Plan Misses The Mark

Rocco Rossi: My City Hall Will Take Responsibility, Be Accountable

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - In a statement today, Rocco Rossi criticized George Smitherman's scheme to penalize construction companies for a lack of co-ordination and accountability at City Hall:

"Mr. Smitherman continues to miss the point: City Hall is responsible for endless construction around Toronto and City Hall must be held accountable.

"I understand that career politicians like Mr. Smitherman are used to passing the buck, but in the business world and the non-profit world that I come from, you take responsibility.

"Mr. Smitherman can fine contractors for delays until the cows come home, but it will not do an ounce of good when those delays are usually the result of incompetent project management at City Hall.

"Last week I announced a responsible plan to speed up construction projects and road repairs by improving co-ordination at City Hall.

"A new Construction Czar to run the show, public benchmarks, and better co-ordination between all involved jurisdictions, departments and levels of government led by the Mayor's office. This is all a part of my plan to restore accountability to City Hall and get Toronto moving forward again."

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