Comment 33537

By Tammany (anonymous) | Posted September 15, 2009 at 11:10:52

beaslyfireworkstechnician,

I like how you describe "transparency in local government" as a mere goal.

But transparency isn't just a nicety. It is not to be thought of as just something that we would like to have. It is an absolute prerequisite to functional democracy. And since we don't have reliable transparency in the decision making process, I question whether we really have functional democracy at a local level in this city.

I would like to believe that "we all take part in the decision making process" but that just isn't true in Hamilton. This project is being forced down the public's throat to benefit a group of very well connected local players. This fact is just so blatant on the face of the deal that it can't be denied.

As for the poor and the disadvantaged, the developers sure as hell don't give a damn about them except to the extent that they serve as a basis to collect a fat subsidy from the government.

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