Sunday, 19 May 2013
Channelling his inner Wyatt.
Image Source: Initially from film
The Shining, obtained by this blogger
Wyatt threw a temper tantrum and called the NDP "socialists" for not redistributing provincially collected wealth to the City of Winnipeg.
This anti-socialist Wyatt is the same man who chaired Steve Ashton's campaign for NDP leadership in 2009. Yes Ashton, the most left-leaning candidate in the race!
Yeah, that was what Wyatt, the "social progressive and fiscal conservative" thought was needed for our province then.
Nowadays, however, he's scheming about axing away civic services for the inner-city and hard-working poor Winnipeggers with drastic cuts. Such cuts he's proposing include:
- Closing the Arlington Bridge.
- Halting the construction of rapid transit projects
- Cutting snow clearing.
- Ending support for housing, community, & criss workers.
- Eliminating grants to Winnipeg museums.
- Ending support for the Aboriginal Youth Strategy.
- Ending grants to Economic Development Winnipeg.
Wyatt says that the Province's refusal has forced his hand. Obviously, he doesn't want to go hacking away at city services like a madman. But it has to be done 'cause the City just doesn't have enough money and needs to fix roads.
Wyatt's all for axing the Arlington Bridge (top),
pictured second from the right at a Plessis
Underpass funding announcement
Image Source: CBC (top)
Adrian Alleyne/Canstar (bottom)
It is rather convenient that during Wyatt's hack-and-slash tirade, he avoided the Plessis underpass at $77 million and the expansion of the East End Community Centre for another $12 million. These are his projects, though, and one supposes do not require the same level of scrutiny.But I'm sure all that is much more important than the ability of North Enders to travel to western
Also, it's ironic that Wyatt is the same elected official who spent over $100,000 in taxpayers' money developing and promoting an arena and healthy-living centre project in Transcona when there was a similar plan approved and already on the table by another local volunteer group. But that wasn't his plan. So the $100,000 was worth it?
("Coun. Wyatt spares his 'legacy' projects from cuts". Scott Donald (May 1, 2013). Winnipeg Free Press)
downtown or the West End for jobs they might have there. The $77 million Plessis underpass is just so much more important than a currently existing bridge North Enders have grown to rely on for their livelihoods.
Thanks, Axman Wyatt, for treating all Winnipeggers as equal citizens of our city.
I'm sure you'll all like to thank Wyatt for his bold and fair vision for our city's future. If so, you can send your graditude to him using this contact info.
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