The London Free Press reports that, with three weeks left before the municipal election, Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best has been keeping "a relatively low profile, preferring to let her record stand on jobs, economic development and doctor recruitment as the city's construction industry rolls to another record year." This reflects sound judgment on the part of DeCicco-Best's campaign staff as her record on these issues stands safest on a very low profile indeed; but to be polite, the low profile of her record is safe with the London Free Press. Under a cursory inspection, it might be more appropriate to say that DeCicco-Best's hopes for re-election rest on letting her record stand on meager expectations and negative returns; specifically:
After six years of almost uncontrolled spending growth, DeCicco-Best's promises are patronizing and vague at best, disingenuous and pernicious deceit at worst. Lobbying for subsidies and grants from provincial and federal governments, much ballyhooed and promoted by DeCicco-Best as accomplishments and solutions, are neither: far from providing for sound and responsible financial management, these redistributions of tax dollars have and will continue to have bailed out the city's unrestrained spending by deferring the burden of tax collection to other jurisdictions that, in the end, take from the same pockets as municipalities. Under this kind of administration, Londoners may have to sell the city while they can still get a price for it.
DeCicco-Best has promised to tighten the city's belt on spending, stop the brain drain, get residents to sell the city and keep the pressure on senior governments for money and new programs.
Challenger in the race for least objectionable Liberal establishment mayor is Joe Fontana, who today released a finance platform that is finally much less inscrutable and more competent and cogent than his previous efforts; specifically, increases in taxes and spending of no more than two per cent annually for the next four years. While this and the other eight planks in the platform recognize the untenable tax situation in London and the economic deterrent impacts of our tax and spending burdens, throwing these issues into a starker relief that DeCicco-Best has tried instead to blur, Fontana must still be remembered as a Johnny-Come-Lately to this recognition and a candidate who began his campaign extolling his contributions to municipal financing dependency on funding from other levels of government — there has never been a shortage of Liberals willing to change their spots for political expediency. But for voters convinced that there are only two electorally-viable candidates for mayor, Fontana's re-focus may present a more palatable or even welcome proposition on election day, November 13th. For a more serious and unbelated acknowledgement and redress of London's fiscal problems, however, Arthur Majoor has proposed since the beginning of his campaign measures that do not only stop the holes in London's economic productivity but also reverse the drain, including: