Comment 33918

By Mary Louise (anonymous) | Posted September 20, 2009 at 13:31:28

Clr. Bratina, thanks for taking the time to flesh out your position. I too had questions about council's role that were edited from my letter to the Spec. I attended the council meeting and, like Jason, couldn't understand why council was being asked to be nothing more than a rubber stamp, especially given that new information had come to light that called the Connaught proposal into question. Why was such a tainted process being held up as sacrosanct? Why elect representatives if they're not allowed to question unelected, unaccountable staff? I realize political interference needs to be proscribed, but this was a decision that will have an incalculable impact on our downtown for years to come, and yet it has been allowed to be made by unelected, unaccountable, seemingly untouchable mandarins. You are correct that this causes the public to lose faith in the "integrity of our processes".

I'm a little confused by your statement that there would have been public outcry if this information had come out after a unanimous vote. I doubt it would be anything compared to the public outcry we have now, due to the majority of council still supporting it, despite having the information *before* the vote.

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