By RTH Staff
Published September 08, 2010
this blog entry has been updated
Yesterday, mayoral candidate Larry Di Ianni issued a policy paper on "Improving Accountability and Transparency" in which he accused incumbent candidate Fred Eisenberger of trying to hide the details of Eisenberger's "secret meeting in New York City" with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, failing to disclose "pertinent information" to Council in regards to the Pan Am stadium site, and running "an increasingly dysfunctional Council" with "a toxic environment". Di Ianni also claims that Council moved a motion to remove the Mayor from Pan Am stadium negotiations.
Di Ianni's statement promises to: publish his daily schedule online; post a detailed account of his monthly expenses; publish details of any gifts received; disclose any annual income exceeding $10,000; limit in-camera meetings; reform election finance rules to ban corporate and union donations; and establish a mandatory Lobbyist Registry for the City.
Eisenberger's campaign shot back with a "Fact Check" stating that Di Ianni's policies are "largely cribbed" from Eisenberger's 2006 platform and that most of the items Di Ianni promised are already taking place or are at the advanced planning stage.
Eisenberger's campaign noted that the City's Accountability and Transparency Sub-Committee is already finalizing its plans for a Lobbyist Registry, adding pointedly that the Sub-Committee was established "after the previous mayor became the first Ontario Mayor in history to be convicted of violating the Municipal Election Act" for accepting campaign donations beyond the legal limit.
Likewise, Eisenberger says his schedule, expense reports, gifts received, and annual income over $10,000 are already publicly available. His response adds, "In camera meetings are already restricted by law and strictly limited and policed by the independent city clerks."
Eisenberger accuses Di Ianni of being "late to the party" in pledging not to accept campaign contributions from unions or corporations. Eisenberger didn't accept such donations in 2006 and is not accepting them in 2010.
The statement rejects Di Ianni's claim that he had "failed to disclose pertinent information" to Council regarding a phone call from the Premier's Office, stating, "The Mayor together with the City Manager confirmed that this simply did not occur."
Eisenberger also claims that his office voluntarily disclosed the expenses for the Mayor's New York trip and would have disclosed the details had they known that the FOI request came from the press.
RTH contacted the Spectator to ask for clarification on what happened. Spectator editor Howard Elliott explained:
The FOI in question was not launched about the mayor's meeting specifically. It was to seek expenses from a number of different individuals. When it came in, it contained all the details of the trip and meeting, and when we pursued it with the mayor, he was co-operative and forthcoming. So he is correct in saying we didn't ask him or his staff first, but that's because we didn't know about the specifics of the event until the FOI came back.
Events such as Eisenberger's meeting with Bettman and his private, $500-a-plate fundraising barbecue in June have raised questions about his commitment to openness and transparency.
Update this blog entry has been updated to include the response from the Spectator in regards to its FOI request. Thanks to editor Howard Elliott for his clarification. You can jump to the added paragraph.
By jimmys (registered) | Posted September 08, 2010 at 12:08:50
give me a mayor who will arrange private meetings in an effort to land us an NHL team over one who engages in private meetings in an effort to land us more suburban housing tracts from here to Caledonia.
By HamiltonFan (registered) | Posted September 08, 2010 at 12:20:19
Oh man, politics, I just don't understand the whole game politicians everywhere play but I guess that's just the way it is. Oh well.
By cd (anonymous) | Posted September 08, 2010 at 13:18:29
Larry can say what we likes.
Some of us won't forget the Chapman legacy he's richly deserved
By realfreeenterpriser (registered) | Posted September 08, 2010 at 15:14:47
From a previous post-
"Loba Linda California,
September 8, 2010,
I'm writing to ask Raise the Hammer readers to support the Mayoralty bid of Larry DiIanni. He espouses the same principals of honesty and integrity that always guided me during my time in office.
Personally, I'm sick of those politicians who say one thing and then do another, who campaign on platforms of honesty and integrity and then engage in fraudulent behaviour. And that's why I'm supporting Larry DiIanni. He's just not like those other scoundrels. He does things differently. HE engaged in fraudulent behaviour and THEN campaigned on a platform of honesty and intregrity.
Good luck, Larry.
Richard M. Nixon"
By kevin (registered) | Posted September 08, 2010 at 17:38:41
realfreeenterpriser, you are too funny.
By What? (anonymous) | Posted September 09, 2010 at 08:36:44
"I like Fred for Mayor. He has the same strength of leadership I exhibited in my tenure."
p.s. I wonder if his heart lusts for anyone?
By Halfie (anonymous) | Posted September 09, 2010 at 08:38:38
"His office said he was taking time off for personal reasons and wouldn't be available until later in the week.
Eisenberger said that was "partly true" as his wife joined him in New York for a vacation day after the sit-down."
The above is from the Spectator...so I guess half-truths are good enough for Fred. And the fact that he got his staff to lie about his whereabouts should be overlooked?
And just who was at that $500 a ticket fundraiser? Not developers, surely!!!
By nobrainer (registered) | Posted September 09, 2010 at 08:55:01
So you're saying Fred is ahead of his time and that one day people will kick themselves and wonder why we didn't follow his lead?
By Jennifer (anonymous) | Posted September 09, 2010 at 10:41:49
Yes, we will regret not following Fred's lead.
Misinforming his council collegues in order to secure a stadium where it won't be used (west harbour).
Then, when that failed, he orchestrates a last minute makeshift plan to build at Longwood instead, neglecting the fact that the land is owned by McMaster, who have no intention of putting a stadium there. Brilliant.
Chad Collins has been in charge of city council for years now, b/c no one has any respect for Fred. So far, ALL of the major candidates are poor choices.
By Jennifer (anonymous) | Posted September 09, 2010 at 11:43:42
C'mon Ryan, that's just spin-doctoring.
If the current mayor was someone you didn't personally support, I doubt very much you'd be making that argument.
I'm not advocating for people to turf Fred in favor of Larry or Bob Bratina (don't know much about the others yet). I'm just 100% convinced that Fred Eisenberger has no business being mayor of a large city. He's been a complete failure.
By highwater (registered) | Posted September 09, 2010 at 11:59:27
Nice try Ryan, but as you can see from Jennifer's response, facts are no match for zombie lies, and the "Fred withheld vitally important information that would have changed the outcome of the vote" lie is one we will be hearing on the campaign trail again and again.
This bodes ill for a democracy, because most voters...aren’t blank slates. They already have beliefs, and a set of facts lodged in their minds. The problem is that sometimes the things they think they know are objectively, provably false. And in the presence of the correct information, such people react very, very differently than the merely uninformed. Instead of changing their minds to reflect the correct information, they can entrench themselves even deeper.
“The general idea is that it’s absolutely threatening to admit you’re wrong,” says political scientist Brendan Nyhan...The phenomenon — known as “backfire” — is “a natural defense mechanism to avoid that cognitive dissonance.”
By Jennifer (anonymous) | Posted September 09, 2010 at 12:54:28
Really? criticism of Fred won't be tolerated during election season?
Ok, so then just rename the site PRaisetheEisenberger.org
I could turn my eye to people saying that Fred is the lesser of 2 evils or the best of a bad bunch or something like that, but to actually suggest that he's been a good mayor is absolutely laughable. You may say it, but there's no way you believe it.
By jimmys (registered) | Posted September 09, 2010 at 13:28:42
Ryan, thank you for finding that Henry Jacek interview! I heard it that day and wanted to find a link to it, as he made some great points and shut up that clown who was hosting the show that day who acts like Bob Young's boyfriend whenever he talks about the stadium
By highwater (registered) | Posted September 09, 2010 at 13:44:56
Really? criticism of Fred won't be tolerated during election season?
Wow. Awesome example of the backfire phenomenon in action. Accusations of censorship are the favoured defense mechanism of the zombie liar.
By realfreeenterpriser (registered) | Posted September 09, 2010 at 15:54:44
Jennifer said "then, when that failed, he orchestrates a last minute makeshift plan to build at Longwood instead, neglecting the fact that the land is owned by McMaster, who have no intention of putting a stadium there. Brilliant."
So, let me get this straight. Fred Eisenberger was such a poor leader that he couldn't convince the Tiger-Cats to locate at the West Harbour but a few weeks later he was able to "orchestrate" them into writing a letter to himself that said they would be willing to locate at a strikingly similar location at MIP. Wow, what happened? Did Fred dictate the letter and Bob Young just signed it? Did Fred attend a Dale Carnegie lecture and then convince Bob to come over to the other side? What about ventriloquism? Maybe that wasn't Bob Young talking at all.
If you want to criticize the Mayor, by all means go ahead. But please don't suck and blow. It makes Jennifer sound a lot like Larry.
Comment edited by realfreeenterpriser on 2010-09-09 14:55:52
By Jennifer (anonymous) | Posted September 09, 2010 at 22:09:19
I guess ganging up and personal insults (zombie liar) doesn't count as using fear, insecurity and chauvinism to brutalize dissenters.
I give up- Fred is doing a good job. I will vote for him again. We have always been at war with Eastasia.
By highwater (registered) | Posted September 09, 2010 at 23:08:14
Yeah, that's right. People who won't let you spread misinformation without calling you out on it are Just Like Big Brother!
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