I’ve been reading the letter sent by the Mayor to one of the community groups involved in the Albert-Scott busway detour brou-ha-ha.
It is a masterpiece of seeming calm and logical. It is also full of slight of hand, of implications that simply don’t pass the smell test for those actually in the neighbourhood and close to the issues. It is, in fact, far too clever by half. I find myself having to examine every sentence carefully to see what is glossed over, what is missed, what is slid by, through the careful selection of words that conceal more than they reveal.
Thoughts that come to mind include Slick. Evasive. Insincere.
It makes me — almost — long for a Rob Ford down on Laurier Avenue. He at least came out to face the media, gave a mea culpa, and acknowledged concerns from the little folk. His press conferences weren’t tightly scripted by PR professionals. I suspect Ford simply couldn’t be as Machiavellian as this City’s Albert-Scott detour strategy has turned out to be.