Archive for May 15th, 2012

Sandbox fight – Mayor Rob Ford vs. Michelle Berardinetti

- May 15th, 2012

Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Michelle Berardinetti

Councillor Michelle Berardinetti speaks at Monday’s executive committee meeting while Mayor Rob Ford looks on. (Photo by Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

During Monday night’s debate over Toronto’s 5-cent bag fee, Mayor Rob Ford came over to have a chat with Councillor Michelle Berardinetti. It ended with the two laughing heartily.

That seemed usual because Ford was trying to kill the bag fee while Berardinetti, who doesn’t want to scrap the fee, was trying to get approval of a plan to beg the retailers to donate a portion of the bag profits back to the city’s tree canopy efforts.

Berardinetti was about to lose the vote, Ford was about to win. No matter what the issue still has to go to council where there could be a very different outcome (story here).

So why Ford and Berardinetti laughing?

“He said I was kicking him out of the sandbox,” Berardinetti said, when asked about the private conversation between her and the mayor.

“I’m not kicking him out of the sandbox. I wish that he would still play, we can play nicely in the sandbox and I wish that he would support it.”

Berardinetti – a member of Ford’s executive committee – said she understands Ford’s position on the bag fee but she stressed council will have a different position.

“I know the majority of councillors support keeping because it has been so effective,” she said.

City council will deal with the bag fee at its next meeting on June 6 and 7.