• Aug 13, 2009

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The hot-selling 2010 Chevy Camaro is made in Oshawa, Canada. The mayor of Oshawa, John Gray, drives a spanking new red Camaro SS with a white racing stripe, just like the one that introduced the bowtie muscle car to the Middle East back in June. Supporting locally made products sounds like a shrewd move for any politician, especially when the city is footing the bill for your ride. A free Camaro is a great job perk, but one Oshawa resident – Bill Steele – doesn't agree.

Steele says the mayor is "flaunting this gas-guzzling vehicle all around town... and I don't like that I'm paying for part of a sports car that gets 17 miles to the gallon." Steele serves up the city's high tax rates as a reason why the mayor shouldn't be driving a Camaro. Of course, without over 400 Camaros being built in Oshawa per day, there would likely be thousands fewer tax payers to help pay those already high taxes. Mayor Gray knows there are a few citizens who don't like his pricey, thirsty pony car, but that thankfully isn't stopping him from driving it. Thanks for the tip, Alan!



[Source: MSN Autos]


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      Candace
      • 5 Years Ago
      So make him pay for his own gas. What's the big deal?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Gov. of MA. Deval Patrick got a Cadillac Deville for his personal car at the taxpayers expense instead of the standard issue Ford Victoria. I love the way elected Democrats pee through taxpayers money. At least he looks stylin' driving it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, and it's orange, not red.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually that's red...
        • 5 Years Ago
        And those are stock photos, not ones of the car in question.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes a story in Canadian papers said the car was "inferno orange", with no mention of stripes. I trust that over the 5 blogs of separation version.

      • 5 Years Ago
      To take the classic line from the song "Shaft" ......... 'That new Camaro SS is a bad muthuh- "Shuts - yo - mouth" .............................
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have family living in Oshawa, and my understanding is that a pertinent bit of information is missing here. The mayor held onto his previous vehicle, a Monte Carlo, an additional two years, to save the city some money. The mayor is also known for being a car lover, and often brings his vehicles to local car shows. Personally, I don't have a problem with the mayor of a city BUILT on auto manufacturing, getting one of the showpiece vehicles built IN his city, as personal transportation. If this was a small town of 10,000 - there might be a point. Oshawa, however, has roughly 150,000 residents. Mr. Steele, your 15 minutes are just about up.
      Joe Hall
      • 5 Years Ago
      ....get OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new Camaro probably gets good mileage on the road, probably about 27mpg. The new Corvette claims that figure for hwy. driving. 17 in the city is not great, but supporting the local economy is worth a lot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You don't know the half of it. Mr Steele is very vocal on everything that has to do with Oshawa and the GTA in general - he seems to be pissed off all the time. If Gray was driving a Prius, he'd backlash that he's not supporting his local economy and setting a bad example for the 'American' auto sector. I'm not a John Gray supporter, but I can't fault him for having the pride of Oshawa in his driveway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here is the info from the article in todays 24 hours local free news paper. I copied the article to paint, but cannot seem to paste here. Hopefully the linck will get you to the paper at least and it is on page 6 I believe.

      http://eedition.toronto.24hrs.ca/epaper/viewer.aspx


      kcto
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see Mr. Steele's point somewhat, however I do not agree with it.

      I think it is good that the Mayor is supporting the local business by getting one. I do have one criticism though. I think, since the city is footing the bill, it should have been a V6 Model. They are still quick with 300 ponies, but it would have been far more economical, and still sent the same message.

      Overall, I applaud the gesture.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...and saved the City what about a $1000 a year? It is an irrelevant sum either way.

        15K miles @ $3 per gallon at 15mpg = $3k
        15K miles @ $3 per gallon at 25mpg = $1800

        And these numbers are not even accurate, the real difference is even less. It is a non-issue ANY way you slice it. It is much ado about nothing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I totally agree. He should have gotten the V6 for a number of reasons. It's cheaper up front and cheaper on gas. Epyx, you're totally wrong. Since this is public money, not spending it means that it would go into budgets for things like schools, road repair, etc. Every dime matters - especially in this economy where local government is getting less support from states or federal funders (not for stimulus work like building a highway, but for operating expenses), so they are cutting programs and laying people off. If you're doing that, you should try to save where you can. Now, let's say he saved $5k this year between the cheaper car price and the lower gas consumption - not enough to really change the game for layoffs or spending cuts, but it certainly sends one crappy message if you're asking people to go without things they need while you get a top of the line sports car on their dime when you could have bought something a little cheaper.

        It's very common for mayors to get cars. They typically get things like Crown Vics and Impalas outfitted with police radios. It's also very common for towns to agree to buy cars from a manufacturer to get a plant in their town (Mercedes got the mayor to buy an E-Class on the town treasury when they moved to Alabama), so this may have been part of the deal to secure Camaro production in Oshawa.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Epyx,

        I see what you mean, in the grand scheme of things, it might not have made a difference.

        However, like the article shows, people hear Camaro SS and they flip out. For the sake of spin, I think the more economical V6 would have sent a better message.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a city fleet vehicle, paid for entirely by the taxpayer for the mayor's exclusive use. And that's the problem. John Gray is a good guy (a car guy with a couple of Corvairs), but the optics of this are all wrong. He's been itching for a Camaro, and this is how he got one at no cost to himself. It's a fleet vehicle for municipal business, which should include driving with others to meetings and shuttling around dignitaries and investors. The Impala, also built in Oshawa is ideal for these purposes, at about half the initial cost. His previous car was a blue/silver Monte SS with huge "here comes Mayor Gray" graphics on the sides - also useless for it's intended purpose, and another reflection of his tastes. Steele's approach may be all wrong, but Oshawa is a city with no end of social and infrastructure problems, with the highest property taxes in Ontario - it's no wonder people are focusing on this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Epyx:

        If you don't have the stones to call them on the little stuff how are will you be expected to call them on the big stuff?

        And as others have said, it all adds up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Focusing on a $50K expenditure (at the most extreme) is a distraction from real excess spending. I dont know the specifics of the area but I see this all the time.

        People focus on a one visible, high profile, waste of money and miss the HUGE HONKIN wastes of money and never address the areas that could really make a budget impact.

      Rob
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty is not PERFROMANCE. This foreign car parts, Us assembled is a piece of junk. A Real Camero (1969) will coast you some serious money and give you the thrill of a lifetime. This "THING" was built by accountants and union retreads. "Cash for Clunkers" is onl;y delaying the inevitable. Big 3 are TOAST
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