Now we have the Breeze Brothers on a mission for Farbridge

By Gerry Barker

Posted April 13, 2016

Oh My! The Mercury is gone. The Trib ad rates are too high so, two councillors invite citizens to “shoot the breeze” about the way their city is being run.

What a breezy suggestion. Offering citizens to tell them how the city should be doing to lower taxes, stop the excessive spending, and forgive the millions of dollars lost spent because they were “investments” in the future of Guelph.

Those cheery members of council, Phil Allt, and James Gordon, are two defeated New Democratic Party candidates to represent the City of Guelph in the Provincial Legislature. They are inviting citizens to have a coffee or beer with them to “shoot the breeze.”

This method of communications may work in the union hall with members of the trade unions in the process of negotiating a new contract. But this is a different world.

Let’s look at the 15-month record of these two “breezy” councillors who want your input as how the city should be managed.

These are the same two who voted, in closed session, for the secret salary increases awarded in the 2015 budget to the three senior managers of the staff. That decision, made in closed session, was not revealed to the public until the provincial Sunshine list was published more than a year later well after the fact. It showed the stunning increase awarded to CAO Ann Pappert of a 17.11 per cent or more than $37,000.

When you think about it, that increase was more than each of the 12 ward councillors make in a year as so-called part-timers. Yet the Breeze Brothers voted for it, but didn’t tell anyone.

They also voted to increase your property taxes by 3.98 per cent in the 2015 budget. Before the 2016 budget discussions began, voted to take a staff recommendation to implement a two per cent, ten-year special assessment on property owners off the table. The money collected was to pay more than $250 million to rebuild the aging Guelph infrastructure. Their action pushed the issue to the 2017 budget discussions in November.

They also twice supported increases in the staff and walked out of a closed session of council in the name of “maintaining the integrity of the corporation and the staff.”

These are the same guys who vote in lock step with the bloc of seven majority of council. They obstructed any attempt to reform the administration that was the main reason the people rejected continuation of the Farbridge agenda.

And you really want to talk to them?

This is nothing but a silly public relations attempt to change the spots on the leopard. They will not change. They will not work with council to achieve curbing costs. These are doctrinaire social democrats that couldn’t manage a two-car funeral.

You don’t have to look any further when Farbridge loyalist Alan Pickersgill, wrote in the Tribune, “Guelph doesn’t have a spending problem it has a revenue problem.”

Really? With more than 50 per cent of city revenue coming from property taxes, Pickersgill has declared open season by his leftist friends to milk the taxpayers, again and again and again.

Alan, Guelph has a spending problem when it blows $23 million failing to control or manage the new city hall project. It has a spending problem when it loses $2.6 million in a crazy garbage exchange deal with a Detroit company.

But friends, look what occurred in Calgary last weekend to see the leadership demolition of the New Democratic Party. National Leader Thomas Mulcair suffered a humiliating defeat.

It only goes to show that the NDP is not the only political party to eat its young.

Mr. Allt and Mr. Gordon, is there a lesson here?

Your closed-door colleagues have to realize that the people are reacting.

No amount of coffee and beer will change that, until you recognize your responsibility to serve all the people, not just your political friends.

Being breezy with the facts won’t cut it.




Filed under Between the Lines

11 responses to “Now we have the Breeze Brothers on a mission for Farbridge

  1. gadfly

    Thanks Gerry for telling it like it is, and wish it weren’t. This is the same clown who wants to sit down and have a ‘civil’ conversation. Banging my head against a brick wall would be more effective.

  2. George Orwell

    Noticed in Guelph Today pics of the Breezy breakfast that the table menus are orange…even the flowers are orange. The Breeze Bros wear the socialist uniform: ratty tweed jacket and unkempt hair. Don’t forget, these aren’t businesspeople, they are prophets of the revolution. Flanked by initiates wearing message T-Shirts claiming “I Can Fly, What Can You Do?” the politburo convenes in all its Guelph glory. The untouchable premise of “connecting with the community” underlines media coverage, where sympathetic journalists would never call it “blatant politicking”. Next up, further villainizing Cam Guthrie as anti-literacy and anti-climate change, and passing the buck on responsibility for the state of city finances, and lame/failed schemes by staff, to everyone but the former administration who hired the staff and their enduring figurehead, Ms Karen Farbridge.

    • George Orwell: Well, we now know that the lefties have taken over Guelph Today with a little help from three former Mercury editorial staffers, all of whom identify with the socialist movement. What’s next, Sunday brunch with Karen?

  3. geo

    It’s on Thursday morning so they don’t have to hear from people who work for a living

  4. George Orwell

    The Breeze Bros are bourgeois socialists of the worst order. They specialize in doublethink. Socialists are supposed to strive to for equality, but this sort hands fat, secret raises to people paid from the public purse. They are supposed to care about working classes, but they hold meetings workers cannot attend. They are supposed to care about the poor. but think anyone unable to pay high taxes should move away. Hearing from these people-the working classes, the poor-would just cramp the Breeze Bros doublethink bourgeois socialist style. Pass the juice.

  5. Len H

    What I would like to say to this twit that he has absolutely no right trying to change the words to our national anthem on his own and also to any counciilor (sorry, refuse to use the politically corect moniker) that didn’t stand up in a rage and put a stop to that totally unpatriotic nonsense at the meeting should be removed from their office at once. Who the hell does he think he is? Has it really gone this far that no one will stand up against this crap for fear of lefty retaliation????

    • Len H: Who was it? Please send me an email at to identify this individual who fails to understand why the anthem is important, particularly to newcomers to our country and the thousands of veterans who served. What meeting did this occur and when? I served in the military as did most members of my family in two world wars including two uncles who were KIA in France. If this individual wants to disrespect our veterans and the sacrifice, he should resign.

  6. Len H

    Read the trip

  7. Len H

    Sorry, stupid spell check. The Trib page 30

  8. We saw this and were shocked as well, that no one said a word. It was as though it was normal. Will the word God be next? It would not be a surprise if that is the case at the next meeting. It is good to see the above letter. We thought we were to only ones that witnessed this arrogant oouncilor. I am embarrest to say he was voted in, in our Ward.

  9. bostoncollie

    What a twit.

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