Quote of the Day: Mayor Rob Ford to “Professional Activists”

- June 1st, 2012

--From Remote-- (10--TorMayor-8- FOR DON PEAT FORD STORY- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in his office at

We are reducing the size and cost of government in a way that few residents will ever notice except for some professional activists whose jobs depend on city gravy. To them I say ‘You’re upset?’ They say, ‘We’re furious.’ And I say, ‘Too bad.’

- Mayor Rob Ford during his speech to the Toronto Real Estate Board’s “Civic Working Together/Gathering For Giving” luncheon on Friday

Update:

Here’s how the line looked in the written copy of Ford’s speech:

“We are reducing the size and cost of government in a way that few residents will ever notice – except for some professional activists whose jobs depend on City gravy.  I admit – they’re upset.  That’s too bad.”

 

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9 comments

  1. Paul Rochonq says:

    Good Mr. Ford,, get rid of those overpaid unios bums. The sooner the better

  2. Wilma de Bruyn says:

    When a decision has to be made to “cut” the “gravy train” at City Hall, of course it will step on a
    number of “toes” and “pay cheques”.

    Individuals should not be so “self serving”, sucking the taxpayers to the “max”. One has to also look into the future for the next generations to follow.

    Ask yourself………would you like to end up like “Greece” or “Grease” your pockets now and end up
    like “Greece” for your children or future generations.

    But then ask yourself……do we really need the “IMF” with the leader taking “tax free income”, while
    dictating to Greece the country should pay “taxes”? (G.& M.Newspaper.)

  3. Dave says:

    Is anyone surprised? Ford represents the 300,000 people who voted for him. Everyone else he considers irrelevant and unimportant.

    The company he hired showed us all that there really isn’t much gravy in the city after all, which is why he felt it necessary to cut services instead of find efficiencies. Ford was not elected to reduce government. He platformed to find efficiencies and cut the gravy. He has done little of either. If he wasn’t caught and exposed bgy every newspaper in the city he would have contributed to that gravy with the whole ordeal with his business cards.

  4. JANE DOE says:

    I have fed up with these special interest groups who do not live in my city and contribute NOTHING BUT MISERY AND HIGH TAXES FOR citizens and businesses of Toronto…GET LOST

  5. WalterPO says:

    Ford has to take a hard look at the multitude of beauracrats whose chief function seems to be to hire consultants who they can blame when things get screwed up. Also, if there isn’t one already in place, a three strike and you are out protocol monitored by a citizens group.

  6. Michael says:

    Ford is an embarassment to this great City. He is self serving and an ignorant official who has deceitfully acquired his position by playing to the surburban hordes by telling them what they want to hear and in words they can understand, “gravy train”. There is no gravy train in the City of Toronto, our financial problems can be traced back to the Harris government.

  7. dvorak says:

    I have paid City of Toronto property taxes for 40 years. For over half that time, I have run a business and provided employment to others. In my opinion, Rob Ford is the worst mayor I have ever seen. When he finally leaves office, he will have inflicted a lot of damage on Toronto.

  8. David says:

    There is no gravy train. Ford’s hired consultants KPMG proved that. But he’s too stubborn to admit it, so he keeps hammering away with the same old lines like “we’ll find the inefficiencies” and “root them out” – and if he can’t find them, he’ll continue to make life worse for Torontonians. To say that residents won’t notice is just so much BS. We’ve already noticed many times and we’re fed up to the teeth with a non Mayor who can’t even function in city government.

  9. JKD says:

    So when activists have jobs they’re “professional activists” but when they’re unemployed kids or students they’re “worthless non-contributors” … maybe Ford or someone can explain to me exactly what level of employment or income is allowable if you are an activist? Can’t have it both ways guys.

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