City Council’s reconstituted Steel SubCommittee needs to spend more time on constructive conversation and not the partisan rhetoric that came out of yesterday’s initial meeting .
If some Councilors are going to use the committee as a bully pulpit to slam US Steel and score cheap political points , they may as well pack it in right now because no good will come of this.
Contrary to what was said yesterday, Hamilton Council has no jurisdiction over the pension deal for US Steel retirees.
Aside from stating that they’re concerned , they need to be honest and admit that there’s nothing they can do about it.
And, the City has no right to know the details of the confidential agreement between the Federal government and US Steel regarding the Invest In Canada Act; neither the Feds or US Steel will share that information, so ‘ demanding’ disclosure is nothing more than political grandstanding.
In Hamilton , we tend to elect politicians who are long on bombast and short on results, and that seems to be the case here.
That’s unfortunate because there is a real opportunity for Hamilton and US Steel to find common ground on issues like water lots and huge brownfield lands for redevelopment.
Eventually, there will be a meeting with US Steel executives and this committee.
When that happens, please, leave the blowhards at home; they do more harm than good.