, 08.02.2018 07:35 AM

Toronto Tax™

Listened to a bit of the interview of NDP mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat this morning on John Moore’s indispensable radio program.  She said she favours a Toronto sales tax.

I was pretty surprised by that, until a loyal reader reminded me that – for the candidate with a plan to have no plan – that’s always been part of the plan, here:

“I don’t really care” how to pay for stuff.

Not sure many folks would agree with that.  Or could.


  1. doconnor says:

    Rob Ford quickly implemented a property tax to help pay for the Scarborough Subway. Or there is John Tory’s plan to get the federal and provincial government to use deficit spending to pay for transit.

    Of course, taxes and deficits are only bad when people of the left do it.

  2. Luke says:

    This is surely something that is easy to spin against Keesmaat. But I think in the reasonableness that pervades outside of political rhetoric most people would understand that she is stating that the issue of transit is important enough that she believes it is a bill that needs paying, ASAP.

  3. Matt says:

    I’m kinda hoping she wins and pulls Toronto out of Ontario.

    Then Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke will pull out of Toronto and rejoin Ontario and Keesmaatistan will be basically just be the old City of Toronto.

    We in the burbs would finally be rid of the downtown NDP nimrods once and for all.

  4. p bre says:

    build a wall

  5. Derek Pearce says:

    She’s right. We do need more revenue for the City. How date she be honest about it!
    Question: if this new council plan of Ford’s can be justified in part because other world cities have small high-level councils, why isn’t taxing power by the same token good for Toronto? Other large cities have the power to raise revenue through means other than property taxes. The ttc wouldn’t be 30 yrs behind schedule on building if we had it.
    Anyhow this is far too wonkish, your simplistic meme above is far more effective communication so kudos on helping you friend. Remember: an election is no time to discuss issues.

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