It’s one thing to flatter a bully when you are the smallest kid in the class. It’s another thing when you’re the school principal.
Laura Albanese often gets criticized by commenters around here for not sticking up for Weston, and for not going nose-to-nose with GO Transit and Metrolinx. These transit agencies have pushed our town around, and Albanese took a lot of heat in the election (when she actually showed up to debates) for not grabbing the bully’s ear and setting things straight.
But this week things got just plain weird: Albanese was rather awkwardly caught on tape holding the bully’s hand. On Wednesday, she complimented GO Transit in the House for 45 years of service. She commended them for their new, green vehicles and for expanding the line that runs through our town.
Just this past December, GO Transit rail service was officially launched in the Kitchener-Waterloo region… passing through my riding of York South–Weston. …
Since 2003, GO Transit has put into service new vehicles that are modern, accessible, more fuel-efficient and carry more passengers. This includes 22 double-decker buses added to the GO Transit bus fleet.
There is, of course, much to recommend having friends in powerful places, but Albanese should be carefully weighing whether that coziness will actually get things done in her riding. I have my doubts. I also think that she loses votes when she isn’t seen standing up for us.
The speech also shows bad judgement. Albanese was either put up to it by her party, or chose to do it herself. If the Liberals put her up to it, then we have to wonder why they chose her of all people. Was John Milloy, the MPP from Kitchener, not a better choice? After all, he did just get the new trains.
If she chose to give this speech herself, she clearly cannot see how this looks to her constituents—GO Transit has a serious image problem. (And they have a serious image problem because they have been awful to Weston.) Ms Albanese should have considered stony silence on the bully’s birthday, not handing him a cake.