In case you haven't seen it yet, former Mayor Fred Eisenberger wrote an op-ed for last Saturday's Spectator calling out current Mayor Bob Bratina for "his looseness with the facts" about Eisenberger's mayoralty.
I believe history should be accurate, not fanciful. I’m writing this piece to share the facts from my administration on behalf of myself and on behalf of all the people who worked so hard to help me implement my ideas, not the fiction that continues to be offered up by Bratina in speeches and on his very regular appearances on CHML.
I can handle the personal attacks and references, of which he has made many, especially on CHML, but it’s his looseness with the facts I can no longer tolerate.
Eisenberger goes on to address four specific areas in which he takes issues with Bratina's command of the facts: light rail transit, GO transit, area rating, and economic development. Along the way, he calls out the Mayor for mocking the Canadian Urban Institute, where Eisenberger is currently CEO, on the Bill Kelly Show:
Bratina: But you know, it's interesting though, so many facts are being thrown around that may be myths. So I think that there's probably a Canadian Urban Mythstitute that, from which myths emanate. Because it's myth. It's not fact. I love myths.
Defending his support of LRT, Eisenberger writes:
Big projects require big thinking and big actions. They also require big money. Rather than taking our foot off the gas, we should have kept the momentum and the knowledge we had built. Sure, we need to know what the costs will be before digging, but you have to keep going in order to develop a realistic budget. Now we have neither momentum nor a budget. Not to mention losing some very valuable people in the process.
The full essay is worth reading.
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