We are starting to have some success in restricting FMTA. This time around at budget they did not get any more than the $375 000 they were allocated last year ( In a two year deal) The attempt to add $75 000 to that was actually defeated. The wording of caveat that FMTA keep out of all poltical activity was strengthened.
But what is really interesting is who voted against FMTA. Josh Colle has ben said to be a big promoter of FMTA in past years. The two new councillors considered to be very leftie also were in the "no" camp: Ana Bail„o and Mary-Margaret McMahon.
The Ford administration is having difficulties. But it needs to be encouraged to keep trying to get rid of FMTA. If they really want to attack left wing based waste and corruption in the city government, FMTA is a good symbol of it.
Besides, people connected with FMTA are some of the worst attack dogs the local left establishment can send against people. If FMTA were defunded, most of these people would have to find jobs or go on welfare, and leave other people alone. FMTA performs no useful public service at all.
Here is what the right wing paper Toronto Sun had to say about it...."Councillor Josh Matlow wanted to plunk ... and another $75,000 into the already poorly managed Tenant Defence Fund..."
Here is the public record of the vote.
2b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Amended) Shelter, Support and Housing Administration ≠ Operating Budget
1.†††††††† City Council add $75,000 to the Tenant Defence Fund from an adjustment to interest on investment earnings (Non-program revenue). †
2.†††††††† City Council direct that any organization receiving a portion of the Tenant Defence Fund may not engage in, advocate for, or directly participate in partisan issues that are political in nature, either foreign or domestic, outside of their mandate to protect the rights and interests of tenants.
Part 1 of motion 2b lost.†
Vote (Amend Item)† Jan-16-2013 10:59 AM
Result: Lost Majority Required - EX27.1 - Matlow - motion 2b - Part 1
Yes: 19 Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam†
No: 26 Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson†