Ford's budget chief is making a list, he's checking it twice
Councillor Mike Del Grande, Mayor Rob Ford's hand-picked budget chief, sent an email to his colleagues Friday that had some scratching their heads.
"I would be curious to keep in mind when it comes to Budget what would be your one highest priority "I wish" for either capital or operating expenditure in your ward."
Only one? There are thousands of items in the budgets, many interconnected, so what value is their in asking councillors for a single item. And why not one capital and one operating budget item, since they are separate items?
"What is he, Santa, and we have to climb up on his knee to tell him what we want to keep?" grumbled one veteran councillor.
A rookie councillor waggishly suggested she was going to email back "Transit City" -- the long-planned light-rail network that subway-focused Ford says is "over."