Hat tip to Matt Elliot for capturing this glorious hypocritical freakout courtesy of Mike Del Grande.
Del Grande: “Madam Chair, yesterday I went for a walk and I ran into Mrs. D. Her and her husband are empty nesters and she told me that three of her boys are coming back home, all three are coming back home to live with her. One of the boys, married, has a wife and three children. They’re coming to move with their supposedly empty nesters. So there’s nine people in this house. I bumped into, also, Mrs. P. Who also has three boys. Commonality, they went to college, they went to university and they’re unemployed. One of the boys was able to find a job, not in his particular field. The other two boys are struggling.
I say this because, we’ve had an economy since 2008, this is not a small blip, we’re in 2013 – the world economy is stagnant. You need to generate growth in order to get people working. You don’t want to be like a Spain where the unemployment is 28%, youth unemployment is very high. I’ve had councillors here send me resumes of people that have been in their office looking for a job.
So, when I look at this particular argument, I’ve listened very carefully when we talk about contracts – let’s talk about contracts here. We changed the contracts for TUGS that didn’t come to an end we extended that for 20 years. We looking at changing the contract with respect to High Park. Proposals that came here, that we agreed to change the contract. Have we forgotten very quickly?
We talk about private individuals. My god! We’ve got we’ve got more condos here that people have enriched themselves and gotten greater benefits through Section 37 where there’s hundreds of millions of dollars sitting in Section 37 where we’ve enriched people. But that doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t matter that we’ve had since 1933 an airport that’s been there that’s had a buffer. And the City has moved it’s development into that buffer. And now we complain about the buffer. You wanna talk about contracts? There was a contract not long ago that Bob Rae decided to change. He gave a 99 year extension to that contract. So I’m having difficulty understanding the logic to say that it applies here today but it doesn’t apply here tomorrow.
We have an obligation. No just to tax more and give away more. We have an obligation to increase the wealth in this City for all. That’s our obligation because at the end of the day, we are measured by what we do for our young people. And it’s a lousy job being done by all levels of government. Because we have a whole bunch of them that we told in our generation “Go to school and you’ll get a good job.” Well you go to school now and you don’t get a good job, you become a – you article for three months or six months you don’t get paid for it. It’s called internship. Then they rotate people.
That’s not what government should be doing. That’s not what government should be helping. I’m sure people in the audience know people that are out of work and we’re creating a have and have not. If you’re on the government payroll, you’re well looked-after between wages and benefits. You’re ok. If you’re not on the government payroll, you’re not ok. And we are creating two specific types of classes in this City, in this country. The have’s and the have-not’s.
And we get into this situation and you say to yourself, is that any different than someone buying a house by a school and saying, I don’t want to hear the recess bell any more because that interrupts my pleasure of enjoyment of my property. Well don’t buy a house by a school. Don’t do it! Don’t buy a house by an airport. You get those benefits…
[shouts from the crowd of “Shame!”]
Yeah, you can…you know, yeah. It’s ‘Shame’. It’s ‘Shame’!”
Nunziata: “Councillor Del Grande…”
Del Grande: “Because you want to bully people all the time. The bullies come in here into this chamber and they bully the councillors! Look at all the people on the other side. This is how it happens in Scarborough.”
Del Grande: “We’re all polite. But you people that don’t like it you come down here and you criticize and criticize and criticize. You’ve got grandchildren and you’ve got nieces and nephews as well too and you sit there smug because you’ve got it good and other people don’t have it good. I’m sorry…”
Nunziata: “Councillor Del…”
Del Grande: “I can’t live with that kind of attitude.”
Nunziata: “Councillor. Councillor Del Grande. Ok. Councillor…ok…”
Del Grande: “I can’t live with that. That’s wrong.”
Nunziata: “Councillor Del Grande, please.”
Del Grande: “That’s wrong.”
Nunziata: Councillor Del Grande, please.”
Doug Ford: “The workers right behind you, in the yellow there.”
Del Grande: [mic cut] as soon as somebody’s contrary to that view, you get….
Nunziata: “Councillor, please. Ok, Councillor Matlow.”
Josh Matlow: “Like I said about one individual I would go for every individual in this room and elsewhere in this City. Would you please ask every member not to impugn any one group, individual or community in our City. Make their arguments based on the merits of what they believe and then sit down.”
Nunziata: “I’d also like to ask the public that if I have disruptions like we had a couple of minutes ago, I’m going to have to ask security to…everybody to vacate the Council Chambers. Councillor Del Grande…just a sec…apologize for your comments.”
Del Grande: “Apologize for what?”
Nunziata: “The comments that you’ve made, specifically…”
Del Grande: “No. I’m not apologizing for anything. I’m stating the facts as been represented. I stand on principle on people here to say one thing one day and change their minds the next day and then pretend it doesn’t happen. No, Madam Chair. I’m going to speak for those people who can’t speak, for those people who don’t have jobs, for those people that we’re putting on welfare because we don’t do enough to help.”
So, if you’re wondering why this seems like an odd rant from the man – here are some quotes of olden times from our former Budget Chief:
“I don’t support the way that’s funded because if we’re going to do breakfast in schools, to me personally, if you have children you’re responsible for children. The nation is not supposed to be in the bedrooms of the people. But then when you come out of the bedroom and you have children, why is it the state’s responsibility to look after your children? I didn’t tell you to wear a condom or not wear a condom or how many children, you made that decision.”
“We need firm discipline. I get a little concerned when we start making arguments about the widows and orphans. Negligibles add up. We cannot afford to do everything that everybody wants us to do.” He then repeated the phrase “widows and orphans,” several times for effect, and added, “the 2011 budget is cupcakes. We tend to spoil everybody. We need to learn to say ‘no.’”
“When you start bringing in widows and orphans, saying, ‘Give them more time because they’re special and stuff,’ well, as soon as I do that, I’ve got to do that with everybody.”
“Priorities of people are very different. I know a lady that’s on social assistance. She has three kids with two different fathers, getting social assistance . . . The two boys and her have cellphones.
“Now, $50, $50, $50 — that’s $150 a month for cellphones when you should be thinking, ‘Is this my priority? Maybe I need to feed my family or pay my rent instead of three cellphones for $150.’ You’ve made lifestyle choices. Why then do you ask me to subsidize you when you’re not prepared to make those choices?”
“Yes, there are poor people in the world, okay, but poor people will be with us forever, like it’s been from the moment of time. I think sometimes you have to have tough love, not because you hate people but because they need the support. People should get lessons in budgeting, lessons in nutrition – that’s things to help you, lessons in parenting. Kids have children, okay, who don’t know how to parent. Those are the issues.”