Credits: MICHAEL PEAKE/TORONTO SUN/QMI AGENCY
As the garbage trucks were revved up Tuesday, so too the rhetoric by anti-privatization unionists and left-wing politicians.
NDP MP Olivia Chow was first out of the gate to complain about the now contracted out garbage pick up west of Yonge Street.
Her mom’s garbage hadn’t been picked up at exactly 9 a.m.
Public Works chair, Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong, assured her that “garbage will be picked up on both the left and right sides of the street.”
A bit of sarcasm to make a point.
The successful winner of the contract, Green for Life, has to collect garbage by 5 p.m.
They didn’t make that deadline yesterday.
However, hiccups and delays should be expected on the first few days.
But that’s not relevant to CUPE local 416 boss Mark Ferguson who rolled out his union’s own complaint hotline.
It’s also laughable for him to claim that his union will be doing “their part to ensure they (GFL) are accountable for what they are doing with tax dollars.”
This is the same union that held residents hostage during the 2009 civic workers strike, which turned parts of the city into a stinking garbage heap.
This is the same union boss that fought tooth and nail for the unreasonably expensive and recently watered down “jobs for life” clause in city contracts.
At the time of the garbage privatization debate we cautioned Mayor Rob Ford and his administration this had to be done right.
If successful, it could become the template for more, long-overdue outsourcing at the city, to find the best deals for taxpayers when delivering services.
And with the city’s mounting debt, saving over $11 million a year for the next seven years from contracting out garbage pickup is a step in the right direction.
By most accounts, Toronto residents didn’t notice a difference when the bright green GFL trucks picked up their garbage.
This is encouraging.
Yet there will always be a not-so-loud chorus of those on the left who want the city to fail.
Their only measure of success is to provide a service as expensive as possible.
Fortunately, for now, their complaints are nothing more than rhetoric.