Tuesday, May 3, 2005

The politics of bribery

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Taking a cue from Kate at SDA, the right questions to ask of London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco when she breathlessly pimps for the Liberal-NDP government are:

  • How much corruption by the Liberals is justified as long as tax dollars flow into your municipal budget?
  • Is it only incidental that your support of redistribution of revenue from one level of government to another benefits your political popularity and by extension your chances of being reelected?
  • And, does tolerance of corruption at the federal government level extend to tolerance of corruption at the municipal government level?
From the London Free Press, April 25:
London and other cities stand to lose millions in federal gas-tax revenue if Paul Martin's minority Liberals are brought down before they can pass their first budget. In London, that could cost taxpayers $4 million the city is already banking on from the feds in this year's city budget.

[…] "Everything — it's all at stake," Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco fumed on the weekend, vowing to press city MPs on the issue in a meeting today with board of control. "If they do not pass the budget, we get nothing — no gas tax — and we've budgeted $3 million of it this year," said DeCicco. "You just can't find money like that easily. This is like the worst of all things that could have happened."
It's so much easier to buy that kind of publicity when the Mayor is already a Liberal. And I never care to pass up the opportunity to point out again that the City of London has donated your money exclusively to the Liberal Party among the federal parties in the past ten years.

3 comments:

Anne Marietoinette said...

[…] "Everything — it's all at stake," Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco fumed on the weekend, vowing to press city MPs on the issue in a meeting today with board of control. "If they do not pass the budget, we get nothing — no gas tax — and we've budgeted $3 million of it this year," said DeCicco. "You just can't find money like that easily. This is like the worst of all things that could have happened."
Translation from Anne Mariespeak:
"Goddamnit! My pyramid scheme isn't working out - vote Liberal you morons!"

Lisa said...

Alas, municipal banditry is not restricted to Ontario:

The Tories won’t try to topple the federal government before the Liberals’ plan to give B.C. municipalities $636 million in gas-tax revenues goes through, hopes the Mayor of Fort St. John.

“I remain hopeful that we’re going to see this go through without any political interference from anybody.” said Steve Thorlakson.

B.C. is the first province in Canada to sign an agreement that gives it five per cent of the federal gas tax revenues over five years.

This pact, signed last week, is the first in a series of federal-provincial agreements that will see $5 billion in federal gas taxes flow to the provinces.

But Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell warned Friday that if the federal budget didn’t pass, and a spring election was called, as is expected, the lucrative gas-tax transfer would be scrapped.

Thorlakson, however, echoed the views of some Conservative MPs who said that the party supports the sharing of federal gas tax revenue and won’t force an election on the issue.

“I’d be very surprised if they try to push the envelope on this, I don’t think they will,” he said.

B.C. municipalities will receive $76.3 million this year and next, with the amount steadily rising thereafter.

[. .]The mayor also played down suggestions that recent provincial government funding announcements were linked to upcoming elections.

“We’ve been working on these for years. The suggestions that some people have made that it’s a last minute thing, that is untrue,” he said, referring to recent Fair Share increases, facility and infrastructure grants from the province as well as Saturday’s sports centre funding announcement with MLA Richard Neufeld.

“We’re happy with the announcements. It would take a lot of cynicism to suggest that it’s only tied to the election, it’s just not true.”

Thorlakson said that the recent federal gas-tax announcement further secures the financial future of infrastructure in the Energetic City.


Fuck off already and get a job sweeping floors.

Publius said...

Hey, I used to make a living sweeping floors. They're not qualified.