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02/22/2012

Editorial board podcast: McGuinty will soon have to act on TTC mess

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Today we’ll be talking about the mess at the Toronto Transit Commission, and we’ll take the temperature of the NDP leadership race a month before party members finally get to vote.

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I think Mulcair has quite skillfully used the dynamics of the leadership race and the media's reporting on it to portray himself as far more of centrist than he actually is. Cap-and-trade, aggressive enforcement of environmental regulations, the imposition of a financial transactions tax, expanding the CPP, raising corporate income taxes, promoting a value-added export strategy that would reduce dependence on raw resource sell-offs - yup, looks like real right-winger to me, about as right wing as the last NDP election platform. But if he wins, he'll have successfully convinced Canadians that the NDP program has moved to the centre, when it sits exactly where it was in the last federal election. Perhaps that what he means when he speaks about "Bringing the centre to us."

Excuse me sir: Do not put words into mouths of Torontonians - there is not a majority of Torontonians that don't care how the TTC plan moves forward, as long as it moves forward. Toronto moving smoothly is vitally important to the Toronto, Ontario, and perhaps the Canadian economy and we know it.

There is not a majority that support Ford's subway proposal - it is irresponsible over-spending, and services a fraction of those that the former Transit City plan would. Councillors voted the way they did because of citizens contacting their councillors and voicing their concerns. This does not indicate overwhelming support for "Mayor" Ford.

It has cost $500 000 for Ford to sweep away Gary Webster by cancelling his contract early (is this the proverbial gravy train I see?) His version of leadership is to remove those who are not in line with his way of thinking. Bullying is not leadership. It is bullying.

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