The Bay Area Economic Summit was an overwhelming success yesterday at the RBG, but where were the City Councilors ?
The Summit is a unique opportunity for Councilors to rub shoulders and talk with the area’s business leaders, educators and even Provincial and Federal politicians as they discuss strategies for economic development, better transit, affordable housing and a host of other topics relevant to our city’s future.
It would have been nice if the people who will vote on those strategies were part of the conversation, but only a handful of Councilors bothered to show up.
I know that most of the absent Councilors will claim they were doing ‘city business’, but the date for the Summit was announced months ago, plenty of time to arrange schedules to attend.
Both Mayors attended; both City Managers were there.
They’re busy people too, but they understood the importance of the Summit.
Some of those ‘no-show’ Councilors don’t think twice about attending conferences in Winnipeg or Ottawa or New Orleans on the taxpayer’s dime, but can’t be bothered to attend an important session in their own community.
The Summit was a chance for City Councilors to listen and learn; something that not too many of them are good at.
Maybe that’s why Council seems to have trouble getting their heads around the key issues facing our city.