Barton was at a Conservative Party meeting and hitched a ride back to Toronto with a former Toronto City Councillor...
Details on this incompetent implementation follow, which is why you should go read the whole article. But the bottom line was that the disorganizaton of the restructuring "left a giant opening for corruption to occur". You can say that again.
Why was Toronto amalgamation rushed in without proper planning, against both public and expert opinion? Hint: It wasn't because Mike Harris really, really liked big governments. It was because amalgamation meant downloading was possible, and downloading meant he could have a big tax cut and still balance the budget (well, with a little help from the sale of assets like the 407) and get re-elected. It didnít matter what happened in Toronto -- we weren't the targeted swing ridings.
Anyway, now that we know downloading isn't fair or sustainable, can we reverse it? And now that we know amalgamation cost more than it saved, can we have a refund?
Dalton, it's tough that you have to clean up someone else's mess, but when can you look into this? We have a budget that won't balance.