Posts Tagged ‘Denzil Minnan-Wong

Robo-row in quotes

- October 16th, 2013

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Here’s a rundown of who said what on Tuesday when it came to Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall against Councillor Paul Ainslie:

“I’m here to start the fight back against a bully and a liar. I’m here to say enough is enough with this mayor who thinks he can get away with anything by twisting the truth, saying just some of the truth or not telling it straight at all.” 
- Councillor Paul Ainslie on Mayor Rob Ford in a press conference on Tuesday

“Well let me tell the Ford brothers this: I’m not scared of you. People in this city won’t be fooled and people in my constituency of Scarborough know who I am, what I’ve stood for, and what I’m about.”
- Councillor Paul Ainslie in his statement to the media on Tuesday

“I don’t know what he’s hiding from. I just told people how he voted, that’s it.” 
- Mayor Rob Ford on Councillor Paul Ainslie

“I don’t know what I did wrong here.” 
- Mayor Rob Ford on the robocall

“This is a form of intimidation, it is unacceptable and we can’t tolerate it anymore.”
- Councillor Jaye Robinson on Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall

“The city has tuned this guy out. He can call everybody five times to Saturday, no one is listening to him anymore – it is over.” 
- Councillor Adam Vaughan on Mayor Rob Ford

“We’ll see what the integrity commissioner says but I don’t see anything wrong with making a phone call, telling his constituents how he voted.” 
- Councillor Doug Ford on Councillor Paul Ainslie’s complaint to the integrity commissioner

“He has no integrity.”
- Councillor Doug Ford on Councillor Paul Ainslie

“What are we down here? Are we wusses for real? Is that what we are down here is just people who continually cry over everything? Or have we built up a little bit of thick skin down here to take some of the shots? I’ve been taking shots for 23 years and I’m still standing.”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti on Councillor Paul Ainslie objecting to Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall

“The mayor has crossed the line.”
- Councillor Paula Fletcher on Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall

“The mayor is entitled to communicate with his residents.”
- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on Mayor Rob Ford’s robocall

Denzil Minnan-Wong objects to $75K for “the bums of councillors”

- September 27th, 2013

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“It’s an extravagance, it’s an indulgence that taxpayers can’t afford. It is really hard to tell someone who is in one of our housing projects and their stove isn’t working and they can’t cook their meal yet we spent $2,500 buying a brand new chair for the bums of councillors to sit in.” 

- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong objecting to the city spending around $75,000 to buy 30 new chairs (original Sun story on the chairs here).

Quotes of the day: Denzil tries to derail the Scarborough subway

- July 17th, 2013

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Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong – a member of Mayor Rob Ford’s own executive committee – emerged as the biggest and most quotable roadblock to the mayor’s subway push Tuesday.

Here’s a rundown of some of the shots Minnan-Wong fired at the subway report and its supporters:

 

“If this goes forward this proposal will end up biting this council in the ass and it will be hard and it will be deep.”

- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong unsuccessfully urging council to refer the subway report back to staff for further study and to confirm funding commitments from the federal government. Council rejected the delay Tuesday.

 

“The councillor has flip-flopped more than a boated fish.”

- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on TTC chair Karen Stintz and her support for subways, then LRTs, then subways, then LRTs and now the Scarborough subway extension.

 

“Fiscal conservatives (that support this) will have to turn in their membership cards … I think this is a vote-buying exercise and the facts aren’t in the report.” 

- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on the push for the Scarborough subway.

 

Quote of the day: Mayor Denzil?

- June 12th, 2013

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“I haven’t ruled it out.”

- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong – a member of Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee – when asked if he’s planning his own run for mayor.

Focus on buses not bikes: Denzil Minnan-Wong to TTC chair Karen Stintz

- May 7th, 2013

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Public Works chair Denzil Minnan-Wong testing the Sherbourne St. separated bike lanes (Toronto Sun file photo)

“The TTC has enough problems making the buses run on time and trying to run a capital program. They shouldn’t be buying new businesses that are just going to be sucking more money out of the system.”

- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on TTC chair Karen Stintz floating the idea of the transit authority riding to the rescue of the BIXI Toronto bike-share program (full story here).

Happy Anniversary TTC CEO Andy Byford

- February 21st, 2013

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Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong took to Twitter Thursday to mark the one-year anniversary of the hiring of TTC CEO Andy Byford.

“Thanks to former Commissioners for making it happen!” Minnan-Wong tweeted. “Results show it was the best decision.”

What Minnan-Wong didn’t say was it is also the one-year anniversary of the sacking of former TTC Chief General Manager Gary Webster.

Webster was dumped by those loyal to Mayor Rob Ford on the TTC commission – led by Minnan-Wong. Byford emerged from the closed-door meeting as Webster’s replacement.

“It is just no way to run a railway,” TTC chair Karen Stintz said following the 5 to 4 vote. “We’ve just turned arguably what should be the least political board and commission into the most political board and commission. It’s really quite interesting to me.”

Sources told the Sun at the time the meeting where Webster was fired and Byford was promoted was chaotic – some councillors shouted and swore at times during the in camera debate.

In a classic case of every City Hall action has an equal and opposite reaction, Minnan-Wong and the commissioners that dumped Webster ended up losing their spots on the TTC.

A few weeks later, Stintz led a revolt at council sacking those TTC commissioners who dumped Webster and locking in her position as chair until 2014.

Quote of the Day – Don’t Cross the Streams (City Council edition)

- November 14th, 2012

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“To not support this, moves council to a dysfunctionality that we have yet to see and I would shudder to think that we would see.”

- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on why he felt he can’t vote against the bag ban bylaw (story here)

(It’s sounds eerily similar to the scene in Ghostbusters where they are warned not to cross the streams of their proton packs – YouTube video of that here)

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on Taxes and Death

- October 10th, 2012

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Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong walks in front of the projector screen at executive committee Tuesday (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

“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 the trouble with public consultation on taxes when you put a menu of taxes in front of residents

Quote of the Day – Adam Vaughan shouldn’t worry about Rob Ford …

- September 10th, 2012

 

Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Sun file photo)

Councillor Adam Vaughan predicted Monday Mayor Rob Ford won’t be re-elected in 2014 (story here).

That led to some interesting reaction from Ford’s executive committee.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong was quick to point out Vaughan couldn’t even get his bullet ban past the executive committee (story here) but he’s passing judgment on the mayor’s odds in the next election.

“I think Councillor Vaughan hates the mayor so much that he’s completely lost his perspective,” Minnan-Wong told the Sun.

Then Minnan-Wong came up with the zinger.

“Adam shouldn’t worry about Rob Ford, he should worry about Olivia Chow,” he said.

Chow – who said last month she doesn’t want to run for mayor – has been touted as a possible dream candidate for Toronto’s political left and one that would knock out any other “progressives” mulling a run like Vaughan.

Quotable Quotes: The Life and Death of OneCity

- July 12th, 2012

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Here’s what city councillors said Wednesday during the transit debate (story here):

“It’s pink lipstick on a very fat pig with flip flops on.”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti on OneCity advocates claiming a win

“I think it has been renamed the Toronto transit expansion plan and that’s just fine.”
- TTC Chair Karen Stintz on the death of OneCity

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- Mayor Rob Ford who didn’t speak during Wednesday’s transit debate

“I would say that the province would not be wise to continue to spend large sums of money on the Scarborough LRT because council is going to weigh in on it at a later point this year.”

- Councillor Joe Mihevc

“They’ve fallen into the trap that Rob Ford set about retail politics, when it’s all about slogans and campaigns.”
- Councillor Adam Vaughan

“I’m very disappointed that didn’t happen.”
- Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker on rejection of his motion on studying extending the Bloor-Danforth line rather than replacing the Scarborough RT with an LRT

“I can assure everyone in Toronto the mayor is back in charge of transit and we’re going to move forward.”
- Councillor Doug Ford

“I just want to know what OneCity is … Where is it? Where’s Waldo?”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti asking why no one has introduced OneCity on the floor of council

“We know that we’re failing (on transit), we haven’t kept up.”
- Councillor Peter Milczyn on transit

“We’ve clearly made a meal out of this particular issue, we continue to chew at the same old bone.”
- Councillor Michael Thompson on transit

“Building transit can’t be about political cover.”
- Councillor Shelley Carroll

“It’s a complete flame out.”
- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on the end of OneCity