November 22, 2017

“Delusions of grandeur”: Mayor bills taxpayers for “phony-baloney” chain of office

David MenziesMission Specialist

The mayor of a small Ontario town north of Toronto loves wearing his ceremonial chain of office so much, he can’t seem to function without it.

Stouffville Mayor Justin Altmann wasn’t satisfied with only donning his ceremonial chain at official events as is the practice.

Not only was he caught wearing the chain at non-official events like his wedding, but he also let others wear the chain — including a golden retriever.

Council said this was a no-no, noting the chain must be locked in a display case when not used for official purposes.

Angered by this cruel edict, Altmann made a replica chain and actually had the chutzpah to bill taxpayers!

Altmann spent almost $2,000 on that phony-baloney chain and then claimed it as a “promotional expense.”

His Honour was ordered to pay back the cash and is complying… sort of:

He established a GoFundMe page which has somehow managed to raise more than $700 thus far.

Of all the worthy charitable causes in the world, who’d think paying for someone’s bogus chain would be the one to back?

Obviously, Altmann thinks so. It seems he’s yet another elected official who believes he’s entitled to his entitlements at someone else’s expense.

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commented 2017-11-23 22:46:22 -0500
Have to consider that his dog is a “therapy dog” given that the mayor is a bit coo-coo?…
commented 2017-11-23 01:28:01 -0500
Deborah me too, sadly his dog would be a better mayor.
commented 2017-11-22 22:05:10 -0500
Hmm, I was wondering why images of Barney Fife started going through my head when hearing about this mayor.
commented 2017-11-22 19:07:50 -0500
The lord mayor’s chain is a holdover from feudal times when the aristocracy appointed a commoner to oversee affairs in the towns on their holdings – it was brevet vice-regal appointment as was the sheriff – when I see outmoded anti-democratic trappings from the age of aristocracy promoted as relevant to our free democracy it pizzes me off – I’m thinking this idiot is just too dense to get what his feudal peacocking means – the only throne this regal wannabe should wear that chain on is the toilet.
commented 2017-11-22 16:17:33 -0500
George Dyer, thanks for link. I think it’s the same mayor David reported on. He seems disturbed to me. The article indicated that under one photo it read, “you’re dead”.
commented 2017-11-22 16:10:15 -0500
Why when one reads headlines like the above, do the immediate thoughts come to mind, that it must be a Liberal from Ontario & likely Toronto. Imagine my surprise. The only people dumber than the Prog politicians are the idiots that vote for them.
commented 2017-11-22 15:37:42 -0500
What a weird Mayor!
Billing the taxpayers to wear fakery whenever it suits him is extremely bizarre. Hopefully, the editorial page of the local newspaper is filled with mockery for this indulgent, entitled little man!
commented 2017-11-22 15:06:58 -0500
What a putz.
Politics. Showbiz for ugly people.
commented 2017-11-22 14:42:24 -0500
I feel sorry for his dog!