Councillors Bob Bratina (Ward 2) and Sam Merulla (Ward 4) exchanged barbs via email this morning over spending priorities for the city. The councillors sent their emails to each other, plus the rest of council and all the local news media.
It started with Councillor Merulla forwarding a news item from Citizens at City Hall (CATCH) about Mississauga's decision to drop out of the Pan Am Games bid for an aquatic facility.
Bratina replied, writing:
Perhaps Councillor Merulla would consider apologizing to the young athletes in the Hamilton area who might aspire to participate in some of the events. (Andrew Dreschel quotes the "scrappy East Ender" as follows: "Merulla dismisses the games as an obscure 'third-rate event with fourth-rate athletes.'")
Moments later, Merulla shot back:
Perhaps you Councillor Bratina should apologize to your residents who have been subjected to human feces floating in their basement as a result of the infrastructure deficit and yet you want to build an unsustainable stadium. That's a Holy Wow Factor!
Perhaps you could explain why spending $100 million more than necessary on office space [the City Hall renovation] to park our sorry ****s is more important than the feces fix you're spouting as your deepest concern.
Due in part that you voted for it!
Stay classy, Councillors.
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