Mayor Rob Ford was blitzing media outlets Monday ahead of this week’s budget debate but so were his critics.
While the mayor was spinning the budget as a big win for his administration and good news for the city, Councillor Adam Vaughan and other opponents were spinning a different tale – that the budget was bad news and Ford was only agreeing to some spending to avoid an embarrassing loss at council.
Here’s a breakdown of the spin:
“The gravy train is over and we’re finding efficiencies.”
- Mayor Rob Ford on CP24
“This year we spent less money than we did last year and this year we’re holding the line – there is a 0% increase in spending. And it is absolutely unheard of in Toronto’s history that we’ve done this. We’ve gone line by line saving hundreds of millions of dollars and the great thing about this year’s budget is we aren’t using any prior surplus from the previous years. So it is a truly balanced budget … it’s a win-win for everyone.”
- Mayor Rob Ford on AM640 with Ernie Eves
“This is a budget that clearly tells Torontonians that while pot holes and roads are important, nothing else in the city is. For everyone who is waiting for housing or waiting for daycare or waiting for a seat on the TTC – you’re going to have to wait until the next election.”
- Councillor Adam Vaughan on the budget as proposed by Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee
“This year we have the assessment growth of about $6.8 million so it gave us a little bit more money to spend money on the infrastructure, on the transportation, on hiring 40 paramedics, on hiring the firefighters and fire prevention officers. I’d call that smart spending.”
- Mayor Rob Ford talking on AM640 about compromising on the 2013 budget
“The mayor is doing whatever he can to try and stay in power … buying votes through the budget process is clearly part of the strategy.”
“We beat him. We’ve beat him so badly he’s doing our work for us now. We beat him so badly he’s hiring civil servants.”
- Councillor Adam Vaughan on Mayor Rob Ford “pandering” on the budget