Could not agree with you more on all the points you make.
So you have to ask yourself the question – what is in it for Jim Watson to act the way he does?
The answer is that he pre-empts any opposition and discussion – an outstanding dictator who guarantees his re-election.
The latest example: Walking the motion for a 2% budget increase onto the floor of Finance and Economic Development Committee to recommend to Council and Council to approve the next day. No time to think about it or ask penetrating questions to Staff.
Too bad, we all lose because of that.
With Staff constantly praised as the being the experts – hence we don’t need public input - I wonder why no Councillor asked Staff what they as the experts would do?
What options would they be considering based on the various financial pressures they know about? And which option would they recommend to Council if Staff, the experts, were so asked?
But no Councillor asked because no one wanted to hear the answer. All everyone wanted to know is whether the city could function for another year if held to 2%. After that it’s a new Council and they will be responsible going forward.
Next Council, watch Major General Jim Watson tell everyone why we need to raise taxes 10% in each of the next 3 years and no tax increase in year 4 because we need to finally tackle the infrastructure deficit and complete Phase 2 of the LRT project that is needed because Phase 1 cannot stand by itself. OC Transpo Ridership is crashing and Phase 1 construction and Phase 1 operations will only help that ridership downward trend accelerate.
Yes, Jim, there will need to be a tax increase...but just not yet as there is an election just around the corner.