I see mayor Peary has changed the negative label he applies to any who dare disagree with him.
‘Naysayers’ have now become ‘critics’. Perhaps because the use of ‘naysayers’ reminds citizens that the predictions of the naysayers about the outcome and consequences of building the AESC have proven fairly accurate. Especially in contrast to the wildly inaccurate ‘everything will be wonderful’ predictions, claims and promises made by city staff and council.
When did critical review and evaluation of expenditures that will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars become a bad thing?
Without the feedback provided by critical review and evaluation companies, countries, provinces and municipalities can easily end up wasting millions upon millions of dollars on projects that become white elephants and money pits. At least companies, countries, provinces and municipalities lacking papal infallibility.
Admittedly one needs solid self esteem to accept and examine the feedback provided by critical review, acknowledging oversights or mistakes and making changes as needed.
Personally, I must acknowledge that in my analysis and evaluation of the proposal to build the AESC I did not foresee that council would saddle taxpayers with a $75 million dollar liability for the Heat (of which $60 million remains for the 8 years the revenue guarantee has left).
Fortunately (or should that be unfortunately?) taxpayers are only out $5 – $6 – $7 million rather than the maximum possible $15 million for the first two years of the revenue guarantee.
I admit I failed entirely to anticipate that council would ignore the law – flout the law -break the law – and put taxpayers at risk for $75 million dollars by signing an illegal revenue guarantee with the Heat ownership.
As to Mayor Peary’s latest derogatory term for those who disagree with him:
Labelling me a critic or naysayer does not change what I am.
A person of common sense with an appreciation of financial reality and the need to act in a financially responsible manner.
A person who believes council should be acting in the best interest of and to address the needs of the city and its citizens and not council’s ego.
A person of ethics who believes that when subsidizing a hockey team is against the law council should respect the law rather than, as this council chose, ignoring or finding ways to circumvent the law.
A person who feels that if the only benefit (or beneficiaries) of an economic impact report is the re-election campaign(s) of elected officials, payment for the report should come out of the pockets of those seeking re-election and not out of the pockets of taxpayers.