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‘The mayor was the mayor. It’s one of the unsolved mysteries of the universe’: Resigning Toronto budget chief Mike Del Grande on Rob Ford

Councillor Mike Del Grande resigned as budget chief Wednesday after city council passed its 2013 budget, added $12-million in spending along the way. He spoke to the Post‘s Natalie Alcoba about the turning point, accomplishments and unsolved mysteries of the universe.

Q Was there a moment in which you decided, time to go?

Del Grande There were two moments, one way before the budget process in the 22 to 22 vote to remove my name from the Toronto Police Services Board. I was not happy with that. I thought after all the hard work, I was deserving of that posting to deal with the largest budget we had and 22 said no. I said that motion 1D [about transparency of the budget process] was personal, I spoke to that, and to a money motion and I said to them, basically, don’t do this. Compared to [Councillor Joe] Mihevc and the gang in the previous administration, I had more transparency than they could ever dream of. So, the hell with it. I’m dealing in a milieu of being in a minority government, I didn’t have the privilege of David Miller having the solid 23 votes to push anything I wanted. Every single thing I wanted to do was a constant fight and in spite of all that, the right things were done. Then they come out and they discount it. No credit at all. Then to be vilified along the way, what’s the point? I’m leaving on a high. I’ve given up a lot birthdays, holidays, my mother’s ill.

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