by Meredith Martin Monday October 31, 2011

Like all the candidates in last year’s municipal elections Rob Ford made many promises, some of which he’s managed to keep some of which he probably will not. Below is a list of promises from his election campaign, and where they are at today.

Campaign Promise:

Repeal the vehicle registration tax.

Where it’s at:

Done.

Campaign Promise:

Repeal the land transfer taxes.

Where it’s at:

Not done and very unlikely to get done given that the land transfer tax generates approximately $300 million in revenue annually and Toronto is facing an upwards of $500 million budget shortfall.

Campaign Promise:

Make the Toronto Transit Commission an essential service

Where it’s at:

Done.

Campaign Promise:

Find inefficiencies.

Where it’s at:

Although Ford said he would find efficiencies that would make service cuts unnecessary, Ford's press secretary now has talking points such as "some services that are not as important to the public may be reduced to maintain funding for services that are important."

Campaign Promise:

Slash costs.

Where it’s at:

Not yet but the Mayor and council have imposed a 10 per cent across the board budget cut for all departments, so there is movement in that direction.

Campaign Promise:

Dramatically improve customer service.

Where it’s at:

I’ve certainly have not noticed an improvement, have you?

Campaign Promise:

Cut the number of councilors on city council by half.

Where it’s at:

This has not happened yet but he still has three years left so it’s still possible this could happen, although how it would happen is difficult to imagine.

Campaign Promise:

Make Toronto “spotless”

Where it’s at:

Not done, but city hall did issue a crack down on graffiti in July. So even though Toronto is not “spotless,” Mayor Ford is making a concerted attempt to honor his promise.

Campaign Promise:

Improve services for residents of the city's low-cost housing.

Where it’s at:

Ongoing, but the city's housing council recently scrapped plans to build a 43-story affordable housing building.

Campaign Promise:

Help bring homeless people in off the streets.

Where it’s at:

One survey shows a 50 per cent decrease in the number of homeless on the streets at night in Toronto between April of 2009 to April of 2010. This improvement is largely attributed to a program that began in 2005 called: Streets to Homes. Still, the trend appears to be in Mayor Ford’s favour, since he took office in December of 2010, so that’s something.

Campaign Promise:

End wasteful spending at City Hall.

Where it’s at:

If anything can be gleaned from the city’s epically long budget debates this past September it is that city hall has far less wasteful spending then initially thought. So… not done.

Campaign Promise:

Do away from the city's fair-wage policy, which requires that private contractors be paid the same as union employees

Where it’s at:

Not done, however contracting out garbage collection in the city’s west end was approved by council and this, some might say, is a first step towards doing away with the fair-wage policy.

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On tonight’s program, we’ll be addressing the issues of reducing city council and the fair wage policy.  All that and a lot more so please tune in at 8 p.m. and enjoy the show.