Michael Thompson tops list of city councillors' travel expenses

Thompson insists his travel expenses are all linked to his duties as chair of Toronto's Economic Development Committee

Ward 37/Scarborough Centre councillor Michael Thompson
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

There are questions being raised about the travel expenses of some Toronto city councillors.

The executive committee of council will review a complete list on Wednesday.  

The report shows the travel and conference expenses of all city councillors totalled nearly $155,000 dollars last year.

Economic Development Committee chair Michael Thompson is at the top of the list.  

Thompson took 14 trips at a cost of just over $39,000.

The councillor says his job is to promote the city and his expenses are all tied to city business.

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  1. Frankie posted on 04/21/2014 09:35 AM
    The problem isn't spending the money, it's proving the ROI, something that is usually lacking in public spending. Our taxes would likely be 30% lower if we demanded and received analyses on spending.

    That's a gravy train worth stopping!
    1. Bob posted on 04/21/2014 02:47 PM
      @Frankie you're dreaming in Technicolor chump if you think any government reduces taxes. it's not how it works. i don't care conservative/ndp/liberal.
      taxes go to transit/roads/highways/health care/education/seniors services/children services/canada pension old age pension our whole social make-up. we need more secure jobs with people paying taxes
      not this current 6 month contract/one year contract bs that's stifling the younger demographics or else me and you depending on how old you are will be paying more taxes in the long run
    2. HP posted on 04/21/2014 03:48 PM
      @Frankie Please back up that 30% tax reduction. I reckon that with a budget of over $6 billion, 95% of which is non-discretionary, you're pulling numbers out of your ass.

      Secondly, ROI is a stupid concept in government as it's only source of revenue are taxes. Only an idiot would suggest that the government make a profit on taxes...charging a 20% mark-up like a retails store?

      Thirdly, taxpayers do receive an analysis of spending, it's called the annual budget with regular updates.

      Lastly, when your job description includes travel, why complain hen they actually travel. They're doing heir job.

      So, please, prove your 30% reduction claim.
  2. ToddK_2 posted on 04/21/2014 11:32 AM
    You know there would be a huge uprising if the poor working people and the strapped middle class had the time to slap these people on the wrists and demand their resignation. I bet some families could use that $39,000 bucks to give their kids some good healthy meals.
    1. dama posted on 04/21/2014 03:16 PM
      @ToddK_2 When you look at the list that the Toronto Sun published.. whom do you see? the usual spendthrift councillors

      Excercise your right and dont vote for them in this coming election
  3. arthur posted on 04/21/2014 02:31 PM
    one way to keep the politics out of it especially with the Fords is personal funds should not be used for city business because you know politics will be played when commenting on others who might not have family advantage. office budgets should be established and agreed upon depending on your role for all politicians in all levels of government and expenses posted on-line.
    1. dama posted on 04/21/2014 03:22 PM
      @arthur All politician abuse their expense account, look at the Senate.Mps and councillors.. Susan Fennell of Brampton, making the most money as a mayor and yet abused the taxpayer's money..

      so even the filthy rich does not want to use their own money unlike the Ford
      who use the tax moeny wisely or not even use it at all to go to meaningless seminars..

      What and how many business did Michael Thompson brought to Toronto after those business meeting?.. I can honestly say.. Nada....
  4. Sonny posted on 04/21/2014 07:41 PM
    Ford picked Thompson and for some reason the City's Unemployment rate is now greater than when he came to power
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