Posts Tagged ‘Kathleen Wynne

Karen Stintz is dropping the gloves

- September 13th, 2013

TTC chair Karen Stintz went into the weekend taking a swipe at Transportation Minister Glen Murray.

As you’ll read in the Saturday Sun, Stintz is accusing the province a.k.a. Murray of derailing transit planning in Toronto when it comes to his Scarborough subway announcement (read her op-ed here).

Stintz told me Friday night she’s dropping the gloves now because Murray’s “go-it-alone announcement” has derailed discussions with the federal government for subway funding – the city needs around $660 million from the feds.

“I’ve got to fight for transit, got to fight for Scarborough,” Stintz said. “Minister Murray’s plan doesn’t make any transit sense.

“He’s acting like a bully, like he can bully his way through on a plan that doesn’t make any sense and I don’t understand why because he doesn’t need to do this.”

That’s pretty tough talk – particularly from someone who had a one-on-one meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne this week about the subway project.

We’ll see if it pays off with the Scarborough subway Stintz wants or hits the gas to a transit plan train wreck with the province.

Mayor Rob Ford swings at the provincial Liberals

- August 1st, 2013

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As voters go to the polls in Scarborough-Guildwood and Etobicoke-Lakeshore Thursday (along with three other ridings across the province) here’s a rundown of some of the shots Mayor Rob Ford fired at the governing Liberals during the summer byelection campaign:

 

 ”If you don’t want to vote Conservative, vote NDP. We cannot reward these Liberals with this corrupt behaviour, enough is enough. Hopefully (Thursday) we’ll send a message one way or another.” 

- Rob Ford on Wednesday in Etobicoke

 

“They deserve to lose and the people have seen this.” 

- Rob Ford on Wednesday in Etobicoke

 

“If you say you want to go and vote Liberal, you’re basically just giving a bank robber another gun and saying go rob another bank.”

- Rob Ford on Tuesday in Scarborough at PC candidate Ken Kirupa’s campaign HQ

 

“It’s unbelievable how desperate these Liberals are getting, saying they are subway champions. I’ll tell you one thing, Rob Ford and Doug Ford, my brother, obviously we’re the subway champions. Tim Hudak, Ken Kirupa are the subway champions.”

- Rob Ford on Tuesday  in Scarborough at PC candidate Ken Kirupa’s campaign HQ

 

“They are at the table and discussions are ongoing – we are moving in the right direction. I look forward to meeting with the federal and provincial ministers to discuss how to move forward together, and get this subway built. I am fully confident that we can bring all three levels of government together, to deliver this vital project to the residents of Scarborough.” 

- Rob Ford statement on July 18 after the Liberals announced $1.4 billion for the Scarborough subway (OK, this isn’t really a “shot” at the Liberals but it’s an interesting contrast to his verbal statements)

 

“I don’t support a government that just blows millions of billions of dollars. That’s it.”

- Rob Ford at Doug Holyday’s campaign HQ opening on July 8, 2013

 

“I know (Holyday) will go up there and keep them honest. That’s not an honest government we have at Queen’s Park.”

- Rob Ford at Doug Holyday’s campaign HQ opening on July 8, 2013

Quote of the Day: Mayor Rob Ford on Queen’s Park

- June 21st, 2013

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“They’ve got to find efficiencies. They’re squandering billions of dollars up there … they’ve got a spending problem not a revenue problem. We’ve put our house in order down here.” 

- Mayor Rob Ford on Queen’s Park after learning Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government wants to cut $150 million in provincial funding from the city over the next three years. Ford is set to meet with Finance Minister Charles Sousa on Monday to ask for the funding not to be cut.

Mayor Rob Ford wants the province to go to the polls

- April 3rd, 2013

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Mayor Rob Ford at City Hall on April 3, 2013 (Dave Abel, Toronto Sun)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford thinks Ontario should go to the polls this May.

Ford said Wednesday there should “absolutely” be a provincial election this spring.

“I’m in favour of having a provincial election,” he said. “I think people want to go to the polls and send a message.”

The mayor said “there could be a lot of interesting issues” the province could debate during an election.

Ford’s comments come as his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, is openly musing (again) about running for the provincial Progressive Conservatives and daring Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to call a May election (story here).

 

When will Premier Kathleen Wynne sit down with Mayor Rob Ford?

- March 14th, 2013

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor Rob Ford

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford have yet to have a formal meeting.

The provincial Liberal leader has been in charge for more than a month now and the two leaders are only 2 km apart so the lack of a meeting seems rather odd.

Wynne brushed off the fact she’s yet to have a face-to-face with Ford during a press conference which he also attended Wednesday.

“We’ve had two conversations I think,” she said.

“There is a plan to get together, it is a matter of dueling calendars but when we have needed to talk to each other we have each other’s phone numbers.”

At Wednesday’s press conference it was clear again Ford and Wynne still disagree on the need to have new taxes or tolls to fund transit (story here).

That disagreement could make for an interesting meeting … if it ever happens.

Kathleen Wynne sends Rob Ford her “best wishes”

- June 14th, 2012

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Mayor Rob Ford got a “Wynne” Wednesday when Municipal Affairs Minister Kathleen Wynne agreed to give her consent to the city’s sale of 65 TCHC homes (story here).

Ford celebrated the Wynne-win with a two sentence statement thanking the Premier (and not Wynne) for getting the green light to sell the Toronto Community Housing Corp. houses worth an estimated $24 million.

“I’d like to thank the Premier for his quick action on this issue.  I look forward to receiving the Minister’s letter so we can move forward to make critical repairs that will improve the lives of hundreds of families in TCHC buildings.”

The Sun snagged a copy of the minister’s letter sent to the mayor’s office (see photo above) confirming she is granting ministerial consent to sell the homes.

In her official letter to the mayor, Wynne repeats she had wanted to see council deal with the special working group’s recommendations on housing before making the decision to sell the 65 properties. But Wynne states she’ll respect the will of council.

“Thank you for bringing your concerns to the attention of the government,” Wynne writes to Ford. “Please accept my best wishes.”