In this episode of As Hamilton Twists and Turns, " the one with the big guns", we find Mayor Eisenberger reaching out to MPs and MPPs, unleashing a letter of support for LRT and asking them to endorse it. And while some took the bait and provided a strong endorsement, others such as MP and former Mayor Bob Bratina - who in the past appeared to have serious reservations about LRT as it is presently envisioned, according to an aid, declined to sign the letter electing not to influence council's decision. (source- The Spec).
Meanwhile, The Hamiltonian, while unnerving some by continuing to remain neutral and allow for all sides of the discussion to be engaged, engaged its Perspectives Virtual Panel for their advice and found that for the most part, LRT seems to have met with representatives of the Virtual panel's support, albeit in different shades and colours.
Meanwhile. some fundamental questions posed by The Hamiltonian, (see them by clicking here) appear unanswerable at present , prompting some to question whether the city can sufficiently pass a proof of concept test where LRT is concerned.
And as quoted in the Hamilton Spectator, Mayor Eisenberger said " I think it's important for people to know how all the elected representative view this significant investment in the city of Hamilton." reminiscent of a pressure driven tactic, which in the past, backfired - click here for the "put up or shut up" ultimatum and how that ended. Still, the Mayor is earning full points by being present in the ring and continues to work this file, as he should.
But will it be enough? Will the "others think it's a good idea, so I should as well" mentality work, or is the real battle in the details? Will the mayor be seen to be trafficking in opinion rather than facts? And is the business case for LRT so strong that it will come to nullify any doubt?
As the Clr. Terry Whitehead's of the world continue to delve into details and acid test the direction LRT may be headed, will it be the answers or lack thereof to the hard questions that win the day, or will the appetite for LRT be so pervasive that risks teeter between the reasonable and the mysterious? And will the newest Councilor , Clr. Skelly lend force to the acid test?
All this and more as As Hamilton Twists and Turns continues....
Fade to black morphing between the following images - Clr. Whitehead at his desk reading reports and comparables, Ryan McGreal drafting an article on Raise the Hammer, Mayor Eisenberger speaking to a councillor with a serious look on his face, Bob Bratina with a grin that could be saying -I told you so....the creative mind of Graham Crawford drafting a poster"
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