Toronto Spoke: “If you want to fix a complex problem, have a clear plan,” says Sean Meagher

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. and extending through to the next morning, the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee — led by Mayor Rob Ford — heard more than one hundred and fifty deputations from a diverse group of citizens. In a sincere bid to ensure that the passion, insight and creativity displayed over the course of that epic meeting is not forgotten, Ford For Toronto will be posting a deputation video every weekday for the month of August.

Deputant: Sean Meagher (website, twitter)

Occupation: President of Public Interest Strategy & Communications

Political History: Worked as Councillor Pam McConnell’s EA about a decade ago.

Scheduled Speaker No.: 317; Actual Speaker No.: 166

Note: Keep watching to the end, as Meagher displays a very strong grasp on the city’s budget in an exchange with Councillor Gord Perks. Had Council planned for this year’s shortfall in last year’s budget, he says, “we’d have the least challenging deficit we’ve seen in almost a decade.” So there’s that.

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