“All aboard for the Craig express”…. By Scot Ferguson-Barber

By Scot Ferguson-Barber | July 24, 2013

Mayor Craig wants back into the LRT debate. In 2011 our esteemed leader withdrew from any debate on the proposed Light Rail Transit because of a potential conflict of interest (his son owns property in the area of the Cambridge Bus Terminal.) The LRT had been in the works for 9 years before that, but of course he wouldn’t say anything about not participating before he was re-elected.

Now, all of a sudden, Craig is asking the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to examine his case.

According to The Record, “Craig has not asked taxpayers to pay his legal bills but has not ruled out seeking reimbursement. A new regional council policy allows Craig to claim up to $5,000 from taxpayers.”

Of course, that also doesn’t preclude Cambridge Taxpayers from paying the balance.

Regional Council has already decided that Cambridge doesn’t get trains until some possible date in the future. (Maybe)It’s too late for him to do anything, the train has already left the station, and he just wants to talk about it.

Of course, timing is everything. Craig has already told me that he plans on running for a fifth term in next year’s election, and this will put him front and centre on the news. Free publicity during an election year.

Craig is a professional politician. He has been on Cambridge Council since 1977; it’s all he knows. Of course, he doesn’t dare do anything to piss off Regional Council. That’s where washed up mayors go to retire and be ineffective, and he doesn’t want to screw up his future.

This was one of the most important decisions regarding Cambridge and the Region in the last decade, and our fearless leader chose to render himself impotent rather than fight for the people who elected him.

It should also be noted that during his inaugural Address on December 6, 2010 Craig stated “Rather than being dismissed or ignored on this issue, we should be receiving Regional support to bring GO trains to Cambridge by 2014.”

It’s too bad trains aren’t still powered by steam because Mayor Craig has enough hot air to power a dozen locomotives.



26 Responses to “All aboard for the Craig express”…. By Scot Ferguson-Barber

  1. Debbie Duff Vitez July 25, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    As I live and breath….. Scot finally sees thru the lord of the castle on Dickson Street..
    Congratulations Scot..
    The other issue here is this…… his son owns property across from the old Post Office and yet he opted to not claim a conflict and vote…… wtf.. ???? again.. the rules only apply when they suit him?

  2. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    TTTommy July 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Scott tosses a bomb. I wonder what ever happened to the unification? Whatever Scott has had happen in the past, I do hope the best for him. There are issues at work within that few understand. Good luck Scott.

  3. sarahlowrey86@hotmail.com'
    Sarah July 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Debbie your statement about “the rules only applying to him when they suit him” would probably make sense if your information about his son owning property from across from the old post office was correct.

    Let’s pretend he didn’t claim a conflict and voted, that would be a bigger issue in my eyes. He is being honest to the tax payers and not lying so he can vote his way, whether that be for OR against.

    I am almost certain ( just like you complaining about him voting with the post office) that had he voted and not fessed up in regards to the LRT, you would probably be whinging about that.

    He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

  4. lwhetham@live.ca'
    Linda Whetham July 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    It is up to the Councillors and the Head of Council to declare if they feel they have a Conflict, it is up to the Private Citizen to take the Conflict of Interest to Court, I would think that if Craig s Son owns Property across the Street from the Old Post Office that he would have a Conflict of Interest, there is one Councillor down there at the City that declares every single time one of his Customers comes up to the Podium, the Councillors and Head of Council would be declaring all the time if they were afraid to vote on items, and not much would get done, and then there is the Perceived Conflict of Interest, the Conflict of Interest really needs to be revamped and the rules set out a little more clearly….if a Private Citizen takes the Head of Council or the Councillor to Court the private Citizen would probably win their case….also I might add that the Mayor (head of council) or the councillors are not allowed to run their Campaigns out of their Offices…and I am whining about that….hope it does not happen in 2014…..keep on whining Deb we need more people like you in the City that care about how their City operates and does not hide their head in the sand….

  5. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    TTTommy July 28, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I believe he can lose his job for not declaring. Am I wrong? Was Doug not in favor for the LRT in the beginning? Funny the City can put the boots to the taxpayer ( water billing, pet projects, etc) but when the tables are turned and the Region does it “Anny, git my gun. I’m heading out on my white horse”. Ah, drama. Send my check to me soon Deb or I’m off the air. Love ya. Keep ’em accountable.

  6. scot@cambridgecitizen.ca'
    Scot Ferguson August 6, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I stand by what I say. Doug has had his day, read my column this month.

  7. scot@cambridgecitizen.ca'
    Scot Ferguson August 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    We have an election next year, and it’s time for some changes. While Debbie and I don’t always agree I believe that collectively we can be a force to be reckoned with

  8. Debbie Duff Vitez August 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I agree Scot.. and I’m in…..between the two of us, we can get him out..
    The Times can only protect him so far..
    We reach double their readership between our two sites..
    I will continue to re-post your articles..
    I hear the Clerk is ill…
    I wonder how Craig plans too pull the rabbit out of the hat this time around without him.
    I can’t see anyone else risking jail time trying to get him re-elected.

  9. scot@cambridgecitizen.ca'
    Scot Ferguson August 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Who can run against him? Ben Tucci won’t, Greg Derocher is hesitant, as is Andrew Johnson.Linda can’t bbeat him, and Marget’s health isn’t well. Who would you suggest?

  10. scot@cambridgecitizen.ca'
    Scot Ferguson August 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Next year will will have online voting.

  11. Debbie Duff Vitez August 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    On line voting… really.????… a man who refused to have the Monday meeting streamed live… now agrees to online voting.. telephone voting…(?)… can you read between the lines here..? Question the public and you will find… no one even realizes this has been passed…
    Everyone is hesitant to run, because of the last election, and all the last minute changes and the waste of their time and money running a campaign when it was all for nothing.. none of them stood a snow balls chance in hell of winning.. and everyone knows it.. So.. we should meet for coffee and talk about this.. we can check our weapons at the door.. lol

  12. lwhetham@live.ca'
    Linda Whetham August 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

    mmmmmm….can not believe Mr. Negative is back on this site……

  13. Debbie Duff Vitez August 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Scot…I’m not so sure Linda couldn’t beat him in a fair and ethical race.. I think part of the reason they changed the locations, shut down the west side, seniors residents and 200 polling stations…was because they suspected, Linda, Tommy and Jan Legitt were gonna take it.. so they made it dam near impossible for the voters to vote.. ( just sayin’)

  14. margaret-barr@sympatico.ca'
    Margaret Barr August 11, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Deb and Scot? Together again? Will wonders never cease? Seriously, good to see you two getting along (but it would be a good idea to, as Deb said, check the weapons at the door lol). I have to agree with Scot, that Linda cannot beat Doug; even in a fair and ethical race. And even if there were no other candidates to split the vote. Linda may be a good woman, but she simply doesn’t have the ‘it factor’ against Doug. While some of us may know, or think we know, what really goes down at city hall and during elections, the truth is that MOST voters only know (or pay attention to) what they see or learn of candidates during the election period campaigns and debates. Unfortunately, Linda does not come off well, at all, in debates and/or head-to-heads. I’m not saying that the best speaker or most “presentable” is always the best candidate, but I am saying that the uneducated public will usually think so. At this point I can’t think of anyone, other than Rick Cowsill, who could truly stand a major chance against Doug. And the last time I heard, Rick wasn’t gonna’ go for it. It may be ‘more of the same’ until 2018.

    BTW, Scot, my health is just fine (now)..Thank Goodness. I’m not running for one reason only…can’t win.

  15. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    TTTommy August 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Please correct me if I’m wrong someone. Was Doug not all in at one time for the LRT? He is well aware I believe that his new stance will do nothing to change things. The LRT will stand. I feel this is free white knight publicity is to fool the people here that he will defend our Smallville town at all costs. I also see court costs coming our way. Perhaps Pam Woof can have her say on buses to help the cause. The WHO’S “Won’t get fooled again” comes to mind here. I wonder if during the next election will the locations be dropped down from the 258 in 2010 to a mere 2 this election? Remember the goal is to assist voter turnout everywhere but Cambridge I heard. I will enter my hamster in ward 1 to run against Donn Ried.

  16. Debbie Duff Vitez September 5, 2013 at 2:45 am

    3 comments taken from the Cambridge Citizen

    Rick Cowsill July 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Your a man true to his word!

    John Friesen August 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Well said Scot!
    Its sad that our Mayor (The most powerful voice for Cambridge) recused himself from the entire discussion surrounding Regional Transit because of some obscure “conflict”. Surely he had to know that the 3 major cities (Waterloo, Cambridge, Kitchener) would eventually adopt a Regional Transit strategy. Surely he knew that it would eventually cost Cambridge residents something.

    After effectively removing the second largest city in Waterloo Region from the discussion, he is surprised we end up with buses while Waterloo and Kitchener get trains?

    Presumably he would have known that while he sits on the sidelines leaving Cambridge without a voice that this discussion would eventually involve money. Suddenly the discussion moves from “what kind of transit system” to the “how much will each city pay”.

    Now he wants back into the debate, because he was too afraid to make any waves and actually advocate for Cambridge as our Mayor, but now wants to look as though he’s actually looking out for our tax dollars. But not before sticking residents with the bill for his legal costs.

    We can only hope that he will pay his own legal bills, since he has already cost us a rapid transit system. Somebody should have told him that we already had buses.

    Mark Rein September 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Scot it sounds more like you’re whinging, or butthurt because Craig stood you up for a coffee meeting or something.

    And John, you really need to take a course on critical thinking. You could make Jesus Christ sound like one of those downtown Galt crack dealers the way you magically superimpose your bias onto Mayor Craig’s intentions, and interpret his actions as the bumblings of some back-room politician stereotype you decided to bestow on the guy.

    Fortunately there’s enough grounded voters in Cambridge that don’t read blog journalism and make decisions based on performance and character, not some malcontent’s biased imaginings of what goes on in people’s heads.

    I swear, reading that last comment brought to mind that hand-wringing cartoon character Boris Badenov from the Rocky & Bullwinkle show. I guess people are so prone to hyperbole these days they just can’t perceive any shades between black and white.

    But hey, at least you’re not quite as embarrassingly pedantic as that moonbat Advocate site so that’s…good…I guess.

    This LRT thing is a case of bullying plain and simple by the Region who has no interest in what Cambridge has to say, or want, as long as we write our part of the cheque to support what they want.

    The fact that this Mayor has shown integrity and transparency at every turn is evidenced by the hard evidence of our local economy when compared to any other city in the region, and beyond during this guy’s term. Is he perfect? Probably not, like most of us, but having somebody get the job done is all I care about.

    Like him or not as you will but maybe it’s time to look beyond the non-issues and find something actually worthy of criticism

  17. Debbie Duff Vitez September 5, 2013 at 2:50 am

    I wonder who’s writing Mark Rein’s script? or what he’s hoping to accomplish or benefit from his comments..
    More damage control Mr Rein?

    (you remind me of Mark Roberts from back in the day).
    Maybe he’s hoping you forgot about this following article from the Times dated May 30th 2013

    Cambridge area second-worst place in Canada to find a job: report

  18. lwhetham@live.ca'
    Christine Annes September 5, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Mr. Reins sounds very much like a Campaign Manager to me, are you the Mayors Campaign Manager Mark or should we call you Matt…..

    • jimdale371@beer.com'
      James Hillis September 5, 2013 at 8:29 am

      And should we call you Linda

  19. Christine Annes September 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I don’t understand why you would want to call me Linda?
    Someone I should know?

  20. lonesomepicker@g2gm.com'
    jimm hillis September 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    original comment removed
    saving your ass here Mr.Hillis

  21. Debbie Duff Vitez September 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Wow Mr.Hillis so you do follow us..
    Even if it’s to insult a commenter.. Funny, you used to accuse me of the same..
    You sound defensive.. Wonder why that is?.. lol

  22. dumfhaty@yahoo.va'
    jym Hillis September 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Ah,you remember….:::wipes away a tear

  23. agmarshall@rogers.com'
    alan marshall September 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Jimm!

  24. lwhetham@live.ca'
    linda whetham September 6, 2013 at 8:11 am

    …Awwww..and i thought he liked me…….now i know why he hangs his head down when i say Hi to him….lol

  25. wompwpmp#@boogie.ca'
    jayme hillis September 6, 2013 at 9:19 am


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