Comment 101194

By ItJustIs (registered) | Posted May 09, 2014 at 14:11:49

"The problem is not that Council and staff do not know this stuff. The problem is that Council and staff have lost the courage of their convictions. What we need is a champion to take the lead on marshaling support and pressing the Province for a commitment, not another redundant exercise in reviewing what we already know."

So in other words, a 'saviour'.

Council and staff don't tend to stand behind something substantial as LRT (is there anything on the table that's more substantial?) unless they feel support from their constituents. (And not just the 1% who inform them, remind them and poke and prod them.) Pushing LRT forward when you've got Councillors that don't want to risk their careers means that you have to have groundswell, unarguable support that goes well beyond City outreach initiatives. And nobody seems prepared to try to generate this.

In the current environment, I'll venture to say that LRT could be an election-loser for whoever stands up and champions it.

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