City Councillor Bills Taxpayers $904 For Partisan Elections Strategy Conference (Feat. Shelley Carroll)

Hey, big spender!

When it comes to expense reports, Shelley Carroll is one of city council’s big spenders- the representative of Ward 33 has little respect for Toronto taxpayers, consistently spending more than average. In November 2010, this website covered her outrageous expenses for building a website created by a militant labour allied company who didn’t even deliver it on time.

But what should we expect from a member of the Toronto Police Services Board who hired an unrepentant ex-convict who directed protesters to smash windows during the 2010 G20? Or the city councillor who encouraged the complainants in the Gregory Alan Elliott case to “cyber bully” just a few weeks before they started spreading around rumours and misleading the police to believe he was a paedophile? Or a counsellor who runs away when a citizen asks her a hard question in city hall?

The answer is not much, Carroll serves the labour movement more than she serves the people of her constituency- and she’s not afraid to spend taxpayer’s money to fund her partisan activities. Her recent expense report, besides including a few hundred dollars of mileage charges for her ex-con assistant, gives us more evidence of Carroll’s disregard for the city’s taxpayers. Carroll actually had the nerve to expense $904 for a highly partisan election strategy conference.

In April 2015 the radical-left partnered with rad-left magazine Canadian Dimension to hold “Firing Up The Left”, a political strategy meeting run by political strategist and University of California, Berkeley professor George Lakoff. The event was held at the Centre for Social Innovation, the hub for Toronto radicals where Carroll encouraged members of Women in Toronto Politics to start “cyber-bullying” people (video is above).

The event was promoted as an opportunity to “Recharge your progressive batteries just in time for #elxn42.” Lakoff taught participants how to use the “Ganz Method,” an elections strategy created by Harvard professor Marshall Ganz, the man credited with creating the “grassroots organising model” behind Obama’s successful 2008 campaign.

Elections strategy taught at the conference included:

• How to frame your debate to change minds on an issue
• Connect these frames to audience and community-building techniques
• How to develop better strategies for campaigning
• Learn strategies to get closer to your community
• Develop strategies to change how this issue is debated
• Learn not to speak to the conservative agenda
• Strategies to incorporate your values into the issues
• Learn to view your audience as your community and engage them\

Steph Guthrie's ex-room-mate Jonathan Goldsbie was there too...

Steph Guthrie’s ex-room-mate Jonathan Goldsbie was there too…

Jonathan Goldsbie of NOW Magazine, an enthusiastic and close supporter of Carroll’s, reported on the event. He explained how Carroll and fellow city councillor Mike Layton attended the, how the two councillors were big fans of Lakoff’s- and how both have ordered and handed around copies of his book (it’s unknown who paid for them).

Goldsbie also shared a quote from failed NDP candidate Jennifer Hollett that demonstrated just how partisan the event was:

“When it comes to communication, the Conservatives are extremely effective – and evil – but extremely effective communicators”

Many people would say it’s innately evil for a member of the police board to hire an unrepentant ex-con, we’ll discuss that more in the very near future. But, for today’s example of evil, Carroll actually had the nerve to bill taxpayers for her cost of attending this highly-partisan event:

Hey big spender!

Hey big spender!

Curiously, demonstrating he has slightly more common sense than Carroll, Mike Layton’s expense forms didn’t include charges for the event. But, somehow, Carroll thought it was okay to bill taxpayers $904 for a partisan event that would assist her with her campaigning. How could this ever be acceptable?

Stay tuned for more coming up on Carroll soon, and some highly disturbing incidents connecting the police board to hardcore criminal activists- including two who are currently facing charges for “endangering life” after sabotaging Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. Shelley Carroll is dangerous…

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