According to the London Free Press, Mayor Anne-Marie DeCicco-Best was "surprised" that no mention was made in Tuesday's throne speech of the cities' agenda to transfer federal tax revenues to their own spending reserves. As an officer of an institution under provincial jurisdiction, perhaps she was not equipped to interpret this part of the speech:
"Our Government believes that the constitutional jurisdiction of each order of government should be respected."But on the other hand, that part of the speech is also an almost complete lie, so DeCicco-Best could be forgiven for her disappointment. And as a long-time Liberal knows, a promise of a little hand-out here and there never hurt anyone. If anyone should wonder why a city that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the past decade on discretionary and unnecessary capital projects and is contemplating spending tens of millions more on a performing arts center should need even more revenue, well that's not a subject on the cities' agenda. And if anyone should wonder how paying taxes into one government's pocket just to be put into another government's pocket benefits the taxpayer in any way, well that's just not any politician's agenda… for fairly obvious reasons.