Tuesday, July 5, 2005

We won't get to see Anne Marie wear a funny hat after all

Look who's ...


gloating ...

now ...

NOT:
North American Shriners who have gathered for a convention in Baltimore have voted to expand their children's hospital in Montreal, rather than move the facility to London, Ontario.

More than 1,000 delegates voted at the Baltimore Convention Center Tuesday, on a resolution to either rebuild the aging hospital in Quebec, or build a new one in London.

When the ballots were counted, Montreal came out ahead with more than the necessary one-third of votes, giving that city a green-light for the $100-million project.

[..] In a campaign that stretched on for five years, intense lobbying for the new facility pitted the two cities and provinces against each other in an escalating, emotional public relations battle.

A video produced and paid for by city and health officials in London claimed its rival city's site cannot be entirely decontaminated.

5 comments:

Mike said...

Speculation from FD:

Local Liberals have let down the people of London. Once again the people of Ontario have been betrayed by Paul Martin's Liberal government. While local politicians from the municipal and provincial levels of government have been incredibly supportive in London's bid for the new Shriner's Children Hospital, there has been a remarkable silence from local federal Liberals Sue Barnes and Joe Fontana. Why is this? Because it is not in the Liberal Party's best interest for London to have the hospital. It is far more important to the Liberal Party to have the hospital in Montreal. This will help to prop up a faltering Liberal government in Quebec and to improve their own fortunes in the next election in a province which is threatening to turf them out. In their view, it is better to appease the mob in unfriendly Montreal than to reward loyal London. This whole situation is similar to one of the Mulroney government's greatest errors. Capitulating to his Quebec wing, Mulroney gave the Air Canada maintenance contract to Montreal rather than the lower bidder in Winnipeg, leading to widespread anger. I would not be surprised to find out in the coming days that Paul Martin made a few discrete phone calls to help the Montreal bid out.

Here's an opportunity for us to tell the people of London how they have been betrayed by their Liberal representatives, and that they should send a clear message to them in the next election.

Pietr said...

Maybe they were being neutral,as befits a National government?

Kyla said...

The city says that they did not pay for the video. The Mocha Shriners are supposed to have paid for it and produced it.

Anybody know for sure?

Patrick said...

Anything that cramps His Imperial Majesty Tony Dagnone's style is fine by me. What a loser!

Lisa said...

Kyla:

The two most recent articles I have seen on the subject both indicate that trough dollars were used to fund the propaganda piece. So, if the media can be trusted ...... then I am assuming the city paid for it. Considering the track record of council here, I don't really have any reason to doubt it.