Free lunch furor

<p>Toronto councillors who talked about using taxpayers’ money to treat themselves to a nice Christmas lunch should be ashamed of themselves, fellow council members said yesterday.</p>

 

Critics slam treat during cash woes


Toronto councillors who talked about using taxpayers’ money to treat themselves to a nice Christmas lunch should be ashamed of themselves, fellow council members said yesterday.

 

 

All four of Toronto’s community councils have so-called hospitality budgets for coffee and cookies and such at their monthly meetings.

 


It’s become a tradition for North York community councillors to use any unspent money in the budget to take themselves and select city bureaucrats out for a holiday lunch. At Tuesday’s meeting, councillors spent a few seconds approving a Christmas lunch.



Coming on the heels of the city slapping taxpayers with $175 million in new taxes, the idea of North York councillors using taxpayer money was met with harsh criticism.




















taxpayers’ cost




  • "It doesn’t matter the amount of money," said councillor Rob Ford. "It’s the principle of it all."


 
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