Mayor Craig wants back into the LRT debate. In 2011 our esteemed leader withdrew from any debate on the proposed Light Rail Transit because of a potential conflict of interest (his son owns property in the area of the Cambridge Bus Terminal.) The LRT had been in the works for 9 years before that, but of course he wouldn’t say anything about not participating before he was re-elected.
Now, all of a sudden, Craig is asking the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to examine his case.
According to The Record, “Craig has not asked taxpayers to pay his legal bills but has not ruled out seeking reimbursement. A new regional council policy allows Craig to claim up to $5,000 from taxpayers.”
Of course, that also doesn’t preclude Cambridge Taxpayers from paying the balance.
Regional Council has already decided that Cambridge doesn’t get trains until some possible date in the future. (Maybe)It’s too late for him to do anything, the train has already left the station, and he just wants to talk about it.
Of course, timing is everything. Craig has already told me that he plans on running for a fifth term in next year’s election, and this will put him front and centre on the news. Free publicity during an election year.
Craig is a professional politician. He has been on Cambridge Council since 1977; it’s all he knows. Of course, he doesn’t dare do anything to piss off Regional Council. That’s where washed up mayors go to retire and be ineffective, and he doesn’t want to screw up his future.
This was one of the most important decisions regarding Cambridge and the Region in the last decade, and our fearless leader chose to render himself impotent rather than fight for the people who elected him.
It should also be noted that during his inaugural Address on December 6, 2010 Craig stated “Rather than being dismissed or ignored on this issue, we should be receiving Regional support to bring GO trains to Cambridge by 2014.”
It’s too bad trains aren’t still powered by steam because Mayor Craig has enough hot air to power a dozen locomotives.Tags: Cambridge Bus Terminal, Cambridge Council, Cambridge Taxpayers, GO, Light Rail Transit, LRT, Maybe It, Mayor Craig, Regional Council