Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tony Ianno, boy reporter

Tony Ianno's name made a rare appearance in the newspaper on the weekend. From the Globe & Mail's 'Inside City Hall' column, September 10:

This week, it took two federal Liberal cabinet ministers (not counting two ministers of state and a handful of other local MPs) to hand Mayor David Miller a cheque for $24.5-million, the first instalment of gas-tax money for transit over the next five years.

The love-in at Union Station took an odd turn when Liberal Minister of State for Families and Caregivers Tony Ianno jumped to the microphone during the news conference to play reporter. He asked the mayor and TTC general manager Rick Ducharme "How much of a break can we get for low-income seniors?"

While the TTC has a discount fare for seniors, it has no special rates for the poor, prompting the mayor to quip: "Sounds like a new federal program to me. I look forward to participating."

Tony Ianno has been a Toronto MP for many years now and has never spoken out for TTC funding.

Ianno has also been spotted around town recently, enjoying special gala movie screenings and parties at the Toronto International Film Festival. I'm glad he was able to find the time in his exhausting schedule.