Quotes of the Day – Transit tolls/taxes talk

- October 10th, 2012

Mayor Rob Ford at executive committee meeting

Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee dove into a debate on public consultation for taxes and tolls to pay for transit Tuesday (story here). Not surprisingly, there were several quotable moments from Ford and councillors during the debate.

Here are some of the highlights:

“I’ve always said to build transit in the city we have to get all three levels (of government) involved and the private sector. Until the federal and provincial government gets on board and we get the private sector on board I’m not going to sit around and just put a tax or a user fee on the backs of hardworking Torontonians.”
- Mayor Rob Ford

“That’s like asking which poison would you like to drink? Would you like the hemlock? Would you like the rat poison? … We should be asking them, would you like to take that poison?”
- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on transit funding consultation.

“If all we come back with is that we think the province should have a regional sales tax, then I think we’ve been doing our residents a disservice.”
- TTC chair Karen Stintz

“It will help Torontonians in every corner of this city. It is long past due that we’ve needed it. We are a generation behind.”
- Councillor Josh Matlow on the Downtown Relief Line.

“My community does not want to pay for somebody else’s thoughts and hopes.”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti on transit taxes and tolls.

“This deal is like throwing a load of human feces on somebody’s lawn and then sending them a bill for the transportation costs in delivering it to their property.”

- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti still livid an LRT is being planned for Finch Ave. W. in his ward.

“We haven’t approached them. We haven’t opened the doors. We haven’t welcomed (public-private partnerships).”
- Councillor Doug Ford lamenting the proposed taxes and tolls to fund transit.

“Public-private partnerships do not pay for transit. They finance transit and we need to pay it back.”
- TTC chair Karen Stintz

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5 comments

  1. Wilma says:

    Transit…..quite the topic. a.) Federal level should kick in a few million since Tony Clements riding received all the dressings when the G-7 came to his neck of the woods. Appears they have plenty of funds. b.)Provincial level has more than enough funds as McGuilty’s government loves scandal’s and waste of the “taxpayer’s” HARD EARNED MONEY. Ornge scandal alone, and no one in jail yet would have been a good beginning for TRANSIT. Then there is the Power plants…..40million….billion….who cares….it’s only money…..from the “tax slaves”. Since “Ornge” is a corporate entity, instead of “tax payers” transfer the name equivalent to “SHAREHOLDER’S”. We the TAXPAYER’S/SHAREHOLDER’S DEMAND EVERY PENNY PAID BACK, and someone or somebody ends up in jail. If McGuinty is “immune”, is he the one protecting Dr. Mazza?? Having stated the foregoing…..should that not be a very good beginning of funds for a city transit system? There is enough money, but it is squandered to the cream on the top instead of frontline workers and citizen’s of this province. Shame on all of you involved!!

  2. Noriko says:

    Typical. 20th century ‘solutions’ to 21st century problems. When, oh when will we elect people who are in tune with the times?

  3. jsmut says:

    “Public-private partnerships do not pay for transit.” I think this is an important point most people miss with regards to private sector involvement. They’ll supply some funds initially, but they always expect it back with extra 30%, minimum and guaranteed. It only makes sense from a business perspective, but some people aren’t grasping this notion.

  4. brain_up says:

    Private money will be very happy with a guaranteed 5%. If they are getting more and are told that the additional (above %) profits are their payback, then they can decide if it’s worth it. Which it is.

    Kind of like what would have happened if the 407 deal was written by people with brains.

  5. brain_up says:

    Private money will be very happy with a guaranteed 5%. If they are getting more and are told that the additional (above %) profits are their payback, then they can decide if it’s worth it. Which it is.

    Kind of like what would have happened if the 407 deal was written by people with brains.

    Also, Mammoliti wins this quote contest by a mile.

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