Where's the outrage? Perhaps the relatively muted response to this
week's decision by the federal government to appeal the Federal
Court's Red Hill Creek Expressway decision is a measure of
the level of collective mental fatigue about the issue.
Haven't we been here before? Expressway on, expressway off, expressway
on, and on, and on and on. The most over-analyzed,
endlessly debated road project in recent Canadian history has hit
yet another stumbling block. So, what else is new?
Some expressway proponents are no doubt stewing over possible conspiracies,
particularly involving Heritage Minister and Hamilton East MP Sheila Copps.
The area's most senior political representative says she wasn't involved,
and hoped the government would not appeal the decision. For
a variety of reasons, we're inclined to believe Copps on
this matter, although many others won't.
For the sake of clarity, if nothing else, Copps would
be wise to state her position on the expressway once
and for all. Is she for it, or against it?
Why? We've argued before that it's unseemly for the city's
highest-ranking politician to avoid taking a stand on a local
issue of this magnitude, but Copps has never taken our
advice before and isn't likely to now, either. Unofficially, it's
well known that she's opposed, but publicly, presumably for sound
political reasons, she's chosen to stay uncharacteristically mum. So be