Today’s Toronto Star has a story that just makes my blood boil: some misguided constituents are upset with the mayor of Oshawa’s new ride. That’s him, John Gray, up above with his brand spanking new 2010 Chevy Camaro SS.
Some holier than thou “political watchdog” has taken it upon himself for stirring the pot because he doesn’t feel that the Mayor’s pay package should provide for a sports car. He feels he is superior because he drives a $200 Saturn, while the mayor drives a $38,000 Camaro, which is unfriendly to the environment.
Hello McFly….care to put your $200 beater on a dyno next to the Camaro? I’ll bet you your $200 that the 425 ponies in the Camaro emit half the pollutants that your rat spews out.
Somewhere along the way, as this whole auto industry collapse fiasco has grown, the Fun Suckers (as Pat Bedard calls them) seem to have decided that any auto that increases the pulse is a bad thing. For some time here in Ontario, media could road test any GM they wanted just so long as it was a hybrid. Chrysler began pushing their 6 cylinder, 5 speed auto Challenger for it’s fuel efficiency. Anything that is fun is taboo.
I’m sorry folks, but I dread the day that we can’t walk into a showroom and buy a fun car. Of course fun can still be efficient rather than wasteful, but we have to have some fun!
Back to Mayor John Gray: This man has done nothing but be loyal to his home town industry and stick up for his constituents. The Camaro is built in GM’s finest facility and that facility happens to be right here in Oshawa, Ontario. Good for you John! May your neighbours follow suit and buy one too!
To get all the gory details, read the Star article and be sure to check out the now closed comments section for an entertaining read.
Photo by Rick Madonick for the Toronto Star
Jil McIntosh shares her viewpoint on the topic too.