Thursday, 17 May 2012
Ticketgate with Katz, friend of big money in politics
If one looks at the CBC table showing which councillors received tickets and from who, it seems that Katz gave most of his tickets to soft supporters - people he'd recently swung over with Executive Policy Committee appointments (Rush Wyatt, Dan Vandal) yet still pose a risk of defection - and one went to the new councillor, Brian Mayes. This represents a great risk of leading to a "tit-for-tat", "we're all friends, right, and friend help each other out"attitude at city hall, where the Mayor can sway councillors with quasi-monetary incentives.
Katz personally doesn't seem to get how corruptive an influence money can be. In 2009, the country club (small-c) conservative of Tuxedo called provincial bans on corporate and union donations a "slap in the face to city council". In the campaigns for the 2010 municipal election, Sam Katz had even stronger things to say.
Katz also accused the NDP government of meddling in civic politics by introducing campaign-finance reforms that ban both union and corporate donations.
"By eliminating corporate donations, they now make it more difficult for people who are right of centre," said the mayor. "It won't affect me, but people should give them credit for being a lot smarter than they thought they were."
("NDP to field council candidates". Bartley Knives. Dec. 11, 2009.Winnipeg Free Press).Yup. The mayor is as utterly clueless as Dave Chomiak about why big money & fraternizing with corporate donors/gift providers in politics is wrong.
Since the premier can't backbench Katz, Winnipeggers will have to put up with him for a few more years - hopefully, City Council will have the sense to keep this incompetent mayor on a very short lease from now on.