Clive Doucet calls out Mayor on transit strike

I may not agree with everything Clive Doucet says or does, but I’m entirely in agreement with him on the issue of the strike, and I’ll always respect his willingness to speak out. In an article in the Citizen, Doucet is quoted saying that “[City Council] screwed up. We need to get going with Plan B. Plan A is not working.”

He also notes that he feels Larry O’Brien deceived City Council into thinking that scheduling was not as big an issue to union members as it is in reality.

This may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, if other Councillors follow Doucet’s lead. If that should happen, we’re likely to see the city come back to the negotiating table with a lot more flexibility on the scheduling issue, which might be the fastest way to end this strike. At this point, we can only hope.

1 Response to “Clive Doucet calls out Mayor on transit strike”

  1. 1 mikey b
    January 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Amen to that. While I do appreciate the value in City Hall speaking with “one voice” during a labour negotiation, that only holds as long as that “one voice” is a voice of reason. O’Brien long ago ceased being a voice of reason (I’ll charitably, but without conviction, entertain the position that he once was…). Of late the “one voice” approach seems more like lemmings following O’Brien off a cliff. Kudos to Doucet for having the sense to turn around and head in a different direction. I only hope some others on council have the guts to do the same.

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