Sneaky little devils, huh?
Toronto's City Council wins the Chutzpah Award. Big time.
They deserve it and won't vote to overturn it. That's the message from some Toronto city councillors who are standing firm on their decision to vote themselves a 12.25 per cent pay hike over four years.
"It's the first time my take-home pay will increase in 14 years," said Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale).
"I just think it's fair. We're getting the same increases as unionized staff — our garbage collectors, janitors," said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre). "I don't think it's outrageous."
Toronto city hall was in an uproar yesterday after it was reported that city councillors gave themselves and the mayor a pay hike equivalent to that given to unionized staff.
And they did it without public scrutiny because the hike was attached to a confidential item.
Sneak it through, boys and girls. That's the way to do it.
Oh, and there's more...
Councillor Howard Moscoe proposed the salary increase by adding the words "and elected officials" to a motion extending pay hikes to non-union staff.
Because it was an amendment to an in-camera item, the actual motion with the words "and elected officials" was only circulated to councillors....
Moscoe remained unrepentant.
"Everybody's having selective amnesia," said Moscoe (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence). "I think what I did was fair and reasonable. I was upfront. It was on the table. Council chose to support it. They chose not to debate it, not me. There was not one second of in-camera discussion."
Moscoe added clearly nobody wanted to discuss it, because it sailed through without any formal debate.
What brass ones, eh?