The President of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Bob Bratina both suggest it’s a tempest in a teapot.
They are downplaying concerns about the OLG’s sponsorship of the Mayor’s annual “State of the City” address which is scheduled for January.8th. Bratina stresses that beyond “scrambled eggs”, he gets no benefit from the sponsorship.
Chamber President Keanin Loomis says it’s nothing more than a business decision and doing what we can to run events while maximizing our revenue.
Anti-casino forces question the motive in light of the recent, emotional debate over a gaming facility in downtown Hamilton. That debate ended with city council reaffirming its support for Flamboro Downs.
The Mayor is also looking back on 2013 as an excellent year for the city.
Bratina was asked about highlights during his monthly town hall on the CHML Bill Kelly Show.
He named off the James Street North GO Station project, construction of the stadium and McMaster’s downtown health campus and the private operation of Copps Coliseum, Hamilton Place and the convention centre.
Looking ahead to 2014 — the Mayor pledges that taxpayers will face an increase below the cost of inflation and “one of the lowest in the province of Ontario”.