So old mayor Fred has released his platform, which I have not seen directly, but there were some bits of it out last night.
Eisenberger: Offer financial incentives for builders to choose urban area
Makes sense to me. We need infil of the core and brownfields, and the only way that's going to happen is through incentives of some kind. Plus -- development charges can be allotted for the core, where as right now, that's minimal.
Someone whose opinion I respect called old mayor Fred a 'crook', and I'm not sure I understand why. She's anti-LRT, which totally surprised me. She actually advocated that I vote for Brad Clark, which ain't ever gonna happen.
(Brad Clark is anti-LRT, out of political expedience rather than any real conviction, of which he has none. He's also anti-amalgamation, which is a bit rich, seeing as he was at the table when Mike Harris pushed it through, and didn't have a problem with it then. Not to mention that amalgamation is DONE. It's OVER. Maybe we should revisit it in fifty years, say, but for the foreseeable future -- stop it already.)
I'm with McHattie more on platform, and agree with him pretty consistently, but -- I can't stand the guy. A lot of people can't stand the guy. I can't see any kind of consensus building around him whatsoever, firstly because he's a lefty and many, many people in this city aren't, and secondly because he tends to be a jerk about a lot of things. He has his opinion, that's it, and fuck you if you don't agree with his brilliance. He's usually right, but he's no salesman.
Eisenberger is pro-LRT, but wants more public consultation. I think it's been talked and studied to death. The consultation bit I see more as a sugar pill for the suburbs, to let people rant one more time before we finally go ahead.
(If we do. There's a surprising amount of anti-LRT talk lately. And God help us if we elect a Mike Harris fartcatcher to the mayor's chair.)
Centrist isn't so bad on the local level, actually, even if I'm to the left of that. We all work together, or nothing happens. And the last four years under Bratina, nothing happened at all. (Unless you count caving in on the stadium, and the laughable Peggygate mess. He did achieve Peggygate.)
As for my local councillor, I like what the kid has to offer. He's going higher places than Hamilton City Hall, I know that much. My friend was concerned that he'd be eaten alive, but I'm sure he can hold his own, no problem. And City Hall sorely needs a generational shift.
But we'll see about all of this. Plenty of time to decide, still.