One day soon, the joke will be on them.
Throughout the afternoon the arrogant bunch left the speakers to sit and cool their heels for hours while they returned to other items that easily could have waited.
When the first speaker, Bill Johnston, chairman of government relations for the Toronto Real Estate Board, expressed his opposition to a proposed Toronto land transfer tax that will duplicate the provincial one, the Millerites badgered him with silly questions for more than an hour.
So-called fiscal conservative Gloria Lindsay Luby nervily suggested the alternative was an 18% property tax hike. And just what did Johnston think of that, she huffed. "You're proposing taking 18 gallons of blood from this citizen to benefit another citizen just because its easy," he said.
When Carol Wilding of the Toronto Board of Trade dared say the taxes being considered (on land transfers and vehicle registration) will "erode" the city's economic competitiveness and should only be used as a "last resort" after city officials "crunch the numbers" to reduce expenditures, His Blondness angrily declared declared a provincial audit indicated Toronto is efficient compared to other Ontario cities.
Who is the King of Denial fooling? According to the city's own documents, Toronto falls well behind other cities on 40% of the measures audited -- including the transit cost per vehicle and the cost of solid waste disposal per tonne.