Delegation Budget Comments – J. D. Bryden – CFBB Co-Chair

November 28, 2016

A leadership attribute is to lead by example, isn’t it? We were all very supportive when Mayor Jeffrey, as one of her first initiatives as Mayor, reduced her very generous salary as Mayor by $50,000, from one of the highest in Canada down to a salary range in line with a Provincial cabinet minister in Ontario. With the recent restructuring at City Hall and terminations of many senior staff and managers, how can we justify the staff complement currently in the Mayor’s office? I believe our previous Mayor had a staff complement of two – currently there are six. The salary for the Mayor’s staff is around $600,000 annually. How can this level be justified to the taxpayers of this City when other departments have recently seen significant cutbacks and there is a proposed City portion tax increase of 3.6% on the table, double the current inflation rate average of 1.45%?

We believe Council too must share in the belt tightening measures. With monthly car allowances significantly above those in the private sector, and benefits the envy of most, can we get a commitment during the budget process that these levels will receive serious debate?

How much has it cost the taxpayers of this City to defend the Inzola lawsuit against the City over the past several years? How will the budget be impacted if the City cannot defend its position? In light of all the damaging articles which have been published in the media over the past year and even today, will the taxpayer be on the hook if the City fails to defend its position? Has there been any budget provision for this potential exposure?

Thank you for the opportunity to delegate.

Doug Bryden –

CFBB welcomes the announcement from CAO Harry Schlange that a significant restructuring of Brampton’s City Administration and concomitant personnel reduction will take place immediately. We have long believed and in fact, suggested that a change in culture was absolutely essential in order to improve operational performance and individual behaviour at the City.
We are hopeful that these changes, endorsed unanimously by Council, will have the positive impact intended to enable this fast and exciting City to reach its full potential to the benefit of all taxpayers, investors, residents and business entrepreneurs.
We wish to express our thanks to all those departing and hope that other each and every one will find other opportunities in the near future.

Chris Bejnar and Doug Bryden co-chairs

CFBB – September 7, 2016

CFBB’s response on Mississauga’s motion exploring a departure from the Region of Peel:

CFBB congratulates Mayor Linda Jeffrey for her firm and fulsome response to the initiative announced by the Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie, which would see Mississauga exit from Peel Region and establish itself as an independent jurisdiction. This announcement is directly inconsistent with the Regional Representation study presently ongoing dealing with more equitable allocation of representatives from Brampton and Caledon.  

 If Mississauga truly wants to leave the Region of Peel, then there would need to be a calculation of funds owed to both Brampton and Caledon for all of the years that Brampton taxpayers have helped fund Mississauga’s growth adjusted for inflation.  Will Mississauga taxpayers be willing to accept the cost of this divorce?

 Is Mississauga really going to run their separate  1) water and sewage treatment facilities,  2) police force,  3) garbage collection, disposal and recycling programs 4) regional road building and maintenance,  5) social housing, and the many other regional programs and responsibilities?  With the consolidation of the separate Toronto boroughs into one entity, Metropolitan Toronto, there were many cost savings and elimination of duplications, waste and territorial disputes. The implementation of the regional system in Ontario many years ago was forward thinking and effective.

 The Mayor and Councillors of Mississauga should serve the people rather than their own egos. The idea of splitting Mississauga from Peel Region sounds like empire building to us.

Co-Chairs Doug Bryden and Chris Bejnar