Comment 105426

By JustinJones (registered) - website | Posted October 16, 2014 at 17:17:09

You know, Councillor Clark was someone I could at least respect, even if I didn't always agree with him. He supported the Cannon Street Bike Lanes, even saying that he "would like to see similar projects in [his] ward", he was always thoughtful and process-oriented, and while I might not have always agreed with some of his assessments (especially re: the consultation process on Cannon Streets), I could at least understand where he was coming from, because I respected him and his principles. I saw Clark as someone that would, if elected, be a Mayor that would take facts into consideration, work with his Council and move Hamilton forward thoughtfully, even if I didn't always agree with his approach.

Candidate Clark, on the other hand, has proven to be complete snake. Focusing on the politics of confusion and division, catering to the "War on the Car" narrative and hoping that business-as-usual will move our City forward. You don't solve a problem with the same thinking that gets you into it - period. We need new ideas, and I was really hoping that we'd see one of those magical elections where no matter who won, we'd be better off in 4 years than we would have been under our current leadership. Unfortunately I don't see that being the case with Clark. I see his regressive, divisive style of politics keeping the City mired in mediocrity for the next 4 years. Hamilton will continue to get better, that much is certain, but it will happen despite the efforts of the leadership at the City rather than because of or in tandem with them. I hope that this election cycle has shown more people what Clark's true colours are - I know my respect for him has all but vanished. Here's hoping on October 28th, he'll do the same from Hamilton's political landscape.

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