Mayor Rob Ford called his opponents “tax-and-spend socialists” as council waded into the garbage privatization debate Tuesday.
In his opening speech to council, Ford didn’t pull any punches setting the stage for the debate on contracting out trash collection as a battle between council’s political left and right.
“We’re going to divide ourselves up today into two groups, this will be very simple for the taxpayers to see, you’re going to have one side of council that is going to support high taxes, big spending, out-of-control union contracts,” the mayor said in an uncharacteristically fiery council speech. “We’re going to have the other side of council that is going to demonstrate restraint in spending … that are going to have respect of taxpayers’ money and are going to bring accountability to City Hall, that are sick and tired of the tax-and-spend socialists down in this city. That’s what it is going to come down to.”
Ford — who campaigned on privatizing trash collection — thanked Public Works chairman Denzil Minnan-Wong and Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday for their work on the issue.
“You’re going to have the left or you’re going to have the right and I can tell you right now people support fiscally responsible councillors coming down here and doing what I’ve said we’ve done for the 160 days we’ve been in office,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the debate and I hope for the taxpayers’ sake that we contract out garbage, everything west of Yonge St., by the end of today.”