Mayor John Tory publicly voted to support a gender equality approach to city budgeting while allied councillors were instructed by his office to vote against it.
The councillor pushing for that equality says the move by Tory smacks of “dishonesty,” what preceded his participation in International Women’s Day events earlier this month.
At a February meeting of council where the 2017 budget was finalized, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) moved a motion asking staff to develop a gender-based framework to look at next year’s budget and the impacts of budgetary and policy decisions on various genders, something Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is planning for the upcoming 2017 budget.
Wong-Tam’s motion passed 26 to 18 with Tory’s support.
But what Wong-Tam didn’t know at the time is that what’s known at city hall as a cheat sheet was circulated by the mayor’s office to councillors allied with the mayor. That cheat sheet, which the Star has seen a copy of, told those councillors to vote against her motion. Seven of Tory’s hand-picked executive members voted against the motion.