Comment 38931

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted March 20, 2010 at 20:25:21

Perhaps it is Hamilton's history of inept and corrupt mismanagement that leads me to prefer leaders who don't. The Red Hill Expressway, "downtown redevelopment" (replacing complex streetscapes and neighbourhoods with parking lots, failing malls, urban freeways and tenement towers), the explosion of heavily subsidized sprawl on the south mountain etc - it's hard to imagine a major decision without which Hamilton would be worse off.

Quite frankly, this town has seen more than it's share of "great leaders" with "bold visions" for Hamilton. The last thing it needs is another multi-million dollar boondoggle from some politician wishing to build up a "legacy" for himself. We need to abandon the faith that some magical development (the Lister, Red Hill, Pan Am Games etc) is going to solve this city's problems, and get about solving them ourselves.

My definition of a "great leader" is one who leads where people wish to follow. And while I'd love to see a pedestrianized Gore Park, there definitely wasn't a lot of support for it. Light rail, on the other hand, is a strong and coherent demand of the community.

"The government which governs least, governs best."

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