Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

July 14, 2010 14:59 ET

"Where's the Beef?": Rocco Rossi Responds to Rob Ford Announcement

Mayoral Candidate Rocco Rossi Questions Opponent Rob Ford's Vision After Announcement

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) - Mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi questioned the lack of ideas in opponent Rob Ford's announcement. 

"Where's the vision?" asked Mr. Rossi. "Today's announcement of so-called policies are a mash-up of previous announcements and things the city is already doing."

During the announcement Mr. Ford proposed several ideas that are already city policy, such as whistleblower protection, opening major purchases to a competitive bidding process and publishing office expenses.

"Talk about waste, this press conference was a waste of everybody's time," said campaign manager Sachin Aggarwall. "You have to wonder why Mr. Ford would call a news conference to announce he's continuing with policies already in place. This seems more like a candidate protection plan given the timing"

"I've said from the beginning that I'll take a 10% salary cut," said Mr. Rossi in response to Mr. Ford's proposed cut in office expenses for councillors and the Mayor. "I know that this is symbolic. I'm not deluded enough to think that's where the real savings will come from. And you shouldn't be either."

"Mr. Ford has said he runs his office budget on $2,000 a year. How do the rest of his expenses get paid? Are they subsidized by Mr. Ford or others? Is that how he will run city hall? Hiding the real cost of things? He's playing an optics game."

"We need a real debate, but a real debate requires real ideas and this announcement really didn't have any."

JUST THE FACTS:

Ford's "Taxpayer Protection Plan"

Mr. Ford's four proposals are either already law or are similar to things already proposed during this race.

Proposal: Opening all major purchases by the City of Toronto to a competitive tendering process

FACT: Already City policy. Competitive bids for all major purchases have been City policy since the Bellamy inquiry.

Proposal: Introducing Whistleblower protection for City of Toronto employees who do the right thing and speak out against waste, mismanagement and corruption at City Hall

FACT: Already City policy. The Whistleblower protection is part the City of Toronto Fraud Prevention Policy, the full law can be seen on the Toronto City Hall website.

Proposal: New rules stating that all City of Toronto expenses must be published online in a timely manner

FACT: Already City policy for City Councillors. The expenses of all City Councillors can be found on the Toronto City Hall website. Expenses are released every quarter and an annual expense report is compiled.

Proposal: Cutting the Mayor's office budget by 20 percent and decreasing Councillor expense and staffing budgets. This will save about $3 million per year;

FACT: It would only take 70 more announcements like this to pay for the tax cuts he has announced.

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