If John Tory wants to implement tolls on the Gardiner and DVP, he might be in for a fight.
City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti spoke out on Thursday against road tolls — and new taxes in general — with an illustration depicting himself in the ring with the mayor.
The Ward 7 councillor is launching a grassroots campaign that aims to “punch out mayor Tory taxes.” He says he is using the caricature image to spread awareness about the revenue battles ahead at City Hall. The City of Toronto is facing an estimated $33-billion infrastructure deficit.
“The campaign consisting of posters, an online petition, bumper stickers and fridge magnets will encourage residents to contact Mayor Tory and their local councillor to tell them they want these taxes “punched out” or they will “kick them out” come 2018,” Mammoliti said in a press release.
Mammoliti also accused the mayor of “following in the dangerous footsteps of Premier Kathleen Wynne and embarking on a nefarious campaign of covert tax gouging.”
Mammoliti is well known for such stunts. Last month, he sent out a picture of himself giving the middle finger in response to a proposed roof tax. He’s expected to speak about the “Punch Out” campaign at a press conference today at 2 p.m.