Mayors vigorously defend decision
Brampton and Mississauga together have spent nearly $100,000 to send 14 people to London, England, this week in hopes of collecting awards they believe will put them on the international map.
That includes two 15-minute videos, which cost more than $20,000 each, to present to judges at the World Leadership Forum event. Founded by a former journalist and judged by a panel of British urban leaders in the fields of architecture, transportation, planning and the arts, the awards honour cities in 15 categories related to municipal leadership. The two GTA cities paid a $6,500 registration fee to enter.
Both mayors vigorously defended the trips as an opportunity to network with potential investors and bolster their city’s reputation.
But back home, two Peel councillors were questioning the net benefit. Mississauga’s Pat Saito and Brampton’s Elaine Moore said they weren’t made aware of the costs of the trip before the delegations left.
Moore believes her city council should have had a chance to debate it.