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Budget 2012: The Votes

The bloc of councillors who blocked the cuts.

Doug Ford working the floor of council during the budget debate yesterday (here shaking hands with Peter Milczyn).

Yesterday council considered many changes to Rob Ford’s draft budget. In a series of votes, an unexpectedly strong bloc of anti-cut councillors emerged that was determined to reverse many of Ford’s proposals. And they had coalesced in a striking way: votes for and against several of the motions were identical. That bloc included all the councillors generally identified as progressive or on the left, almost all councillors who tend to be identified or self-describe as centrists, and two—Gloria Lindsay Luby and James Pasternak—who vote with Ford a majority of the time.

Here’s what the voting pattern looked like:

Three major reversals to proposed cuts

  • Omnibus motion to save shelters, daycare facilities, community grant funding, $5 million in TTC funding, and more—
  • Reverse a decision to increase user fees at indoor pools for children and seniors, and to introduce a user fee for everyone at outdoor pools—
  • Restore $3.9 million in funding to the Toronto Public Library to prevent additional service reductions—
FOR
Maria Augimeri
Ana Bailão
Shelley Carroll
Raymond Cho
Josh Colle
Janet Davis
Glenn De Baeremaeker
Sarah Doucette
John Filion
Paula Fletcher
Mary Fragedakis
Mike Layton
Chin Lee
Gloria Lindsay Luby
Josh Matlow
Pam McConnell
Mary-Margaret McMahon
Joe Mihevc
James Pasternak*
Gord Perks
Anthony Perruzza
Adam Vaughan
Kristyn Wong-Tam
 
AGAINST
Paul Ainslie
Michelle Berardinetti
Gary Crawford
Vincent Crisanti
Mike Del Grande
Frank Di Giorgio
Doug Ford
Rob Ford
Mark Grimes
Doug Holyday
Norman Kelly
Giorgio Mammoliti
Peter Milczyn
Denzil Minnan-Wong
Frances Nunziata
Cesar Palacio
John Parker
Jaye Robinson
David Shiner
Karen Stintz
Michael Thompson

Notes

  • *James Pasternak abstained from the vote about libraries, due to a conflict of interest (his wife is a library employee).
  • Paul Ainslie, Cesar Palacio, and Jaye Robinson are all members of the Library Board who voted against restoring funds to the library. Janet Davis and Sarah Doucette are Library Board members who voted in favour of restoring funds to the library.
  • Ron Moeser was absent from all votes; he is currently in hospital.

One vote that fell along slightly more traditional lines concerned a failed proposal, moved by Joe Mihevc, to delay any decision about outsourcing custodial jobs until the final number on the 2011 surplus was available. Here’s how that went:

FOR
Maria Augimeri
Ana Bailão
Shelley Carroll
Raymond Cho
Josh Colle
Janet Davis
Glenn De Baeremaeker
Sarah Doucette
John Filion
Paula Fletcher
Mary Fragedakis
Mike Layton
Gloria Lindsay Luby
Pam McConnell
Mary-Margaret McMahon
Joe Mihevc
Gord Perks
Anthony Perruzza
Adam Vaughan
Kristyn Wong-Tam
 
AGAINST
Paul Ainslie
Michelle Berardinetti
Gary Crawford
Vincent Crisanti
Mike Del Grande
Frank Di Giorgio
Doug Ford
Rob Ford
Mark Grimes
Doug Holyday
Norman Kelly
Chin Lee
Giorgio Mammoliti
Josh Matlow
Peter Milczyn
Denzil Minnan-Wong
Frances Nunziata
Cesar Palacio
John Parker
James Pasternak
Jaye Robinson
David Shiner
Karen Stintz
Michael Thompson

Overall Budget Vote
Finally, here is how the votes broke down for the last vote, on the budget as a whole. The five votes against were protest votes, cast by left-leaning councillors who were glad that some cuts were reversed (all five voted for all the reversals) but felt that the package overall still contained other cuts that could and should have been avoided—that it was a better budget, but not a good one.

FOR
Paul Ainslie
Maria Augimeri
Ana Bailão
Michelle Berardinetti
Raymond Cho
Josh Colle
Gary Crawford
Vincent Crisanti
Janet Davis
Mike Del Grande
Frank Di Giorgio
Sarah Doucette
John Filion
Doug Ford
Rob Ford
Mary Fragedakis
Mark Grimes
Doug Holyday
Norman Kelly
Chin Lee
Gloria Lindsay Luby
Giorgio Mammoliti
Josh Matlow
Pam McConnell
Mary-Margaret McMahon
Joe Mihevc
Peter Milczyn
Denzil Minnan-Wong
Frances Nunziata
Cesar Palacio
John Parker
James Pasternak
Anthony Perruzza
Jaye Robinson
David Shiner
Karen Stintz
Michael Thompson
Adam Vaughan
Kristyn Wong-Tam
 
AGAINST
Shelley Carroll
Glenn De Baeremaeker
Paula Fletcher
Mike Layton
Gord Perks

Complete results for the voting on all of yesterday’s motions are available from the City.


See also:

The Major Changes to Ford’s Budget

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Karen Stintz has turned her back on Ward 16 where there was no fondness for Ford ideology at the last Election. She even claims she can’t help her own neighbourhood on a ravine development because she lives there herself. Go figure! A councillor can’t represent constituents simply because they are neighbours. That’s the clearest signal yet that Stintz is courting the development community as she prepares for another run for mayor. So much for her duties and responsibilities as councillor for Ward 16. It’s all about her!

    • Anonymous

      All about her? Never!

    • Anonymous

      We need to start organizing against Stintz right now. She has totally betrayed Ward 16 — I can’t believe my Ward would support what she’s been a part of in this Council. Disgusting, really.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=632836493 Katherine Carleton

        She’s my city councillor. I’ve emailed to ask for some explanations. Can’t wait to see what comes back…

  • Anonymous

    hypocrisy award of the day (city council budget meeting 17/01/12) to toronto city councillor crisanti (etobicoke north) requesting a staff report on making youth programs more accessible at the same time he planned on voting against supporting these programs in priority neighborhoods … so utterly dismayed by crisanti’s sanctimoneous whine that he cared a great deal indeed about the needs of young people councillor anthony peruzza refused an opportunity to question his colleague … “there’s no point” peruzza sighed as crisanti took the ideology of fiscal responsibility to dickensian extremity … congratulations to a politician who is only as heatlessly smug as he is insincere …

  • http://joeclark.org/weblogs/ Joe Clark

    The term is bloc of councillors.

    • Gillian Urbankiewicz

      It’s been corrected. Thanks for pointing that out.

      • Anonymous

        You didn’t have to. While bloc is typical in this context, block can mean any obstruction, or an assemblage of things being treated as a single unit – such as councillors united by their opposition.

        Also, I thought Joe stopped reading Torontoist