Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

September 29, 2010 16:04 ET

Smitherman's Recycling Policy Unveiled: Re-Use Rossi's Good Ideas

Mayoral Candidate Rocco Rossi's Arts Policy Receives Support from Opponents

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2010) - Rocco Rossi welcomed the news that his arts policy had been adopted by opponent George Smitherman, but expressed concern that his opponent had run out of good ideas of his own.

Rossi announced his plan to increase arts funding from $18 per capita to $25 per capita in early July. Nearly three months later, George Smitherman has announced that he would do the same as the backbone of his arts policy.

"My campaign has been on the leading edge of ideas," said Rossi. "That Mr. Smitherman is recycling my good ideas does not bother me."

Rossi noted, however, that George Smitherman appeared to be out of ideas of his own.

"Mr. Smitherman has adopted my arts policy, my plan to freeze hiring, and my proposal to sell certain city assets," said Rossi, "but we cannot trust Mr. Smitherman to implement my ideas, particularly after he lost his credibility and wasted $1 billion of taxpayer money in the e-Health scandal."

Rossi said that the election boils down to trust.

"Mr. Smitherman and Councillor Ford won't give voters the power to recall them if they break their promises. If you're a voter, can you trust them?" asked Rossi. "They both have huge budget shortfalls that they're going to try and balance on the backs of city workers. If you're a city employee, can you trust them?

"This is about trust," Rossi said. "Mr. Smitherman and Councillor Ford can recycle my ideas all they want, but we can't trust them to lead.

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