Simply put, it was the right thing to do.
City Council’s partnership with McMaster University to bring over 1,000 students to the downtown core is a move that will pay huge dividends for the City.
Toronto, for instance, has the University of Toronto and Ryerson and Osgoode Law School, to name a few, all located in the centre of the City.
Tens of thousands of students live there and shop there, adding to the vibrancy and the economy.
The same thing will happen here in Hamilton, we hope !
It’s too early to start celebrating because McMaster must qualify for a chunk of the Provincial money set aside for these kinds of projects before any of this can happen, but it was essential for the City to get on board.
But before both sides start patting themselves on the back for a job well done, let’s remember that this deal almost didn’t happen.
Because of the tight deadline to apply for the money, McMaster should have come to the City with their proposal much earlier, and they should have included the entire City Council in the discussion.
The lack of transparency caused some skepticism and resentment on Council and almost scuttled the deal.
Here’s hoping the deal works out, and here’s hoping both sides handle it more professionally next time, or there may not be a next time.