Monday, September 28, 2009

Lame duck Mayor does disservice to investment

Lame duck Mayor Miller has added a third job to his portfolio as interim chief executive officer of Invest Toronto. He is already Chairman of this organisation. I'm not sure how this allows him to spend more time with his family. In the gobbledegook of management speak: "The mission of Invest Toronto is to promote Toronto as a destination for businesses to invest, grow and prosper."
He is fatally compromised in such a role. What if an entrepreneur wants to meet him on arrival at Toronto City Centre Airport? "Oh, no, I can't possibly go there!" he will cry. What if said entrepreneur wants to invest in Toronto City Centre Airport? "Oh, no, I advise against it!" Surely Invest Toronto deserves better than a quacking lame duck with an impeccable anti-business record. No doubt his appointment and the sudden announcement of his departure from the mayoralty were intimately connected. A sinecure was needed in a hurry.
Mayor Miller's legacy is printed on Page 5 of the Globe and Mail today - a full-page advertisement for Porter Airlines!

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