The last thing that LRT-weary Hamilton Councilors wanted was to be reminded of the stadium debate fiasco.
Councilors are already taking heat for their dithering on the LRT issue, but raising the stadium debate again reminds disgruntled citizens that Council’s wobbly commitment to a major project is not a ‘one off'; some might even say it’s habitual.
What brought the stadium issue back to the front burner is that all sides, the City, the Tiger Cats and the Province have filed claims for financial damages because the project wasn’t done on time and wasn’t finished properly.
For the record, these kinds of financial loss claims happen quite often in mega projects, and it generally gets settled long before it goes to court.
But the fact that it’s in front of us again is like rubbing salt in an old wound.
It reminds us how perilously close we came to losing the stadium altogether and frankly, some feel the same thing may be happening with LRT.
The stadium debate was not Council’s finest hour; they hijacked the site selection process, misrepresented key information and contributed to creating a huge rift in the community.
Now, faced with another monumental project, let’s hope it’s not deja vu all over again !