London's $11.5-million Hale-Trafalgar railway overpass is stalled indefinitely and may be jeopardized by a lack of funding, sources say.I think this is hilarious actually, in the tragic sense of the word of course. I never thought I would hear sensible words come from Fontana's trap and it's an added bonus that London is on the 'losing' end. On the other hand, we must temper such praise with the knowledge that Fontana is a politician, and a member of the Party at that and hence has no problem spending other people's money. Spending cash on the implementation of Kyoto promises a greater reward than an unnecessary overpass in London.
"This will cause us all to have some pause," Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell said yesterday.If these people weren't paid with public dollars, they would be living on street corners begging productive and responsible people for change instead of stealing it at the point of a gun. A sensible person doesn't start a business or begin on an expansion before the loan is guaranteed. But it's London, so that's they way they operate here.
Besides funding concerns, some council members argue other crossings, such as the CPR crossing on Adelaide Street North, are higher priorities.Let us not forget that greed is one of the seven deadly sins.
Ward 4 Coun. Roger Caranci, who led the push to build the overpass, said he's "very confident" it will be built. "It's not in jeopardy. It's going to move forward," said Caranci, who suggested the gas tax money is a possible funding source.Caranci rules over Ward 4, so he's not the most unbiased judge of the right mindedness of others. Even new residents of this city governed by fools will tell you that an overpass on the more highly travelled Adelaide North would be a more worthwhile investment. How many more free dinners will council gobble up over this discussion before they are indeed the size of elephants?
As usual, taxpayers are fleeced either way. We are getting that overpass or likely the money is lost forever if they axe the project. An excerpt from last year, courtesy of the London Plea Press:
Council has already voted to proceed with the $11.5-million project aimed at reducing congestion and improving safety at the CN crossing.Canadian taxpayers should be outraged at the irresponsible behaviour of London's governing elites - it is not just Londoners who are paying for such mismanagement and waste. Unfortunately, such begging and bumbling is not confined to London but occurs in most municipalities.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Friday, July 22, 2005