Comment 69508

By Hopeful (registered) | Posted September 13, 2011 at 00:23:28

Is it just me or does it feel like the next Hamilton mayoralty race has already begun?

The comments by Clark and Collins on LRT, as reported by the Spectator in July at least, (, were incendiary and no one should be be surprised where they've brought us. If there was a time for clarification it was then not now.

This silliness has got stop. Hamilton has a wealth of well studied great ideas (from the original Shifting Gears, to Vision 2020, to Richard Gilbert's peak oil reports, to any number of analyses that Jill Stephens and her LRT crew put together) that could truly transform our urban nature and make it the envy of 21st century cities.

Unfortunately, it also has a council that will repeatedly impede them in the name of press coverage, local ward tribalism and gamesmanship. To read this is to wonder where you've been all these years Brad.

Stating that us LRT proponents "have got to get involved.... start writing to their MPPs, calling campaign offices to demand candidates' opinions on this...", etc., etc,, is disingenuous. We've made our opinions clear, bolstered them with facts, and should have a City Council to lobby our MPP's (MLA's) regarding that for us. Your help on this file is questionable.

Finally, is it just me or does it feel like Hamilton is only interested in projects that some other level of government will pay for? What about controlling our own destiny?

Comment edited by Hopeful on 2011-09-13 00:32:53

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