By Terry Whitehead
Published February 20, 2013
Recent local commentary has been criticizing Councillor Jason Farr for his impromptu press conference providing Global Spectrum's concerns as it pertains to a downtown casino. I find some of the language and criticism harsh and not appreciating the full context.
As an individual who has been quite open to allocation for a casino, and after reflecting on the issue over the weekend, I believe that the criticisms of Councillor Farr are unfounded. Councillor Farr did accurately express the views of Global Spectrum in response to his questions.
Councillor Farr has taken a strong position for the casino not being downtown. He continues to champion the concerns of his constituency and had every right to shed more light on this divisive issue. If I was in Jason's seat, I would have done exactly the same thing.
The criticism should be focused on Global Spectrum, who willingly and knowingly provided the answers to Councillor's Farr's question and were aware that their position would be made public.
In my opinion, Global Spectrum should have been aware of the debate around the downtown casino and should have placed a call to City staff to further understand the context in which this debate is taking place. For Global Spectrum to now shut off direct access to media and other inquiries clarifying their position is not prudent.
In time, I have found Councillor Jason Farr a hard worker and a man of integrity who strongly fights on behalf of his constituents. Kudos to Jason Farr.
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