WHERE IS THE MAYOR OF VICTORIA? ‘PHILISTINE DEAN’ FORTIN TAKES VACATION DURING JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE CONTROVERSY

How closely is the Mayor of Victoria following the ongoing controversy over the Johnson Street Bridge, and the embarrassing failure of the City of Victoria’s attempts to ‘consult’ Victorians on its fate?

‘Philistine Dean’ thinks he can do so by remote control, as he is on vacation somewhere now, in the run-up to the most expensive decision the Victoria City Council has ever forced itself to make, leaving the hapless Councillor Madoff as his stand-in ‘deputy mayor.’

Our household has not received any of the expensive pro-replacement propaganda from the City in the regular mail delivery, but we have decided not to alert them to hand deliver said propaganda, as it would only add to the expense of a ludicrous and already too-costly sham process.

The City has only received 1,200 filled-out forms, while having apparently sent out some 25,000 packages with return postage guaranteed.

What a waste…

Almost 10,000 people signed the citizens’ petition asking for a referendum on the JSB.

We didn’t ask for sham propaganda for replacing the heritage bascule in the interim.

Whatever the Council decides on August 12 should be rejected.

Both replacement and refurbishment options are ridiculously overpriced, extravagant and unaffordable, or to use a much abused expression, ‘unsustainable’ for taxpayers.

We are still in recession, but apparently the City Council didn’t notice, as they have just raised our taxes in a deflationary period, again.

The bridge will not fall down, nor will it be closed, but this Council will be sent packing after the 2011 elections, that is for sure.

Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell, Editor

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition Weblog

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One Response to WHERE IS THE MAYOR OF VICTORIA? ‘PHILISTINE DEAN’ FORTIN TAKES VACATION DURING JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE CONTROVERSY

  1. albe says:

    Think Madoff as not hapless for a moment, will the brochures allow this go ahead,when the newspaper ads seem expensive enough.
    Recall it took three votes before a go ahead on tearing down an arena and putting up a new one , sort of like dig a hole – fill a hole; perhaps this bridge is just the federal funds called stimulus must be got somehow into the local hands,economy.

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