What Robertson really feels is evident in those mitts of his
When Vision Vancouver outworked the NPA and neutered COPE in 2008, they probably felt that they were on Easy Street. Nothing could stop the legendary 500-year plan to use charities, strategic business investments, educational indoctrination and political donations starting here in BC for systemic social change.
Thankfully for the future of the city it was not a complete rout on city council, park and school board, with some good people getting elected to hold Vision accountable. While our more red meat-eating readers might take issue with Coun. Suzanne Anton's sometimes understated approach, there are times when it can be particularly effective at getting under the skin of Mayor Gregor Robertson.
A case in point are Anton's questions directed at the Mayor during council last week, which you can view on video here. My colleague Daniel wrote about how Mayor's office aide Kevin Quinlan was engaging in throwing political jabs during business hours on his Twitter feed. While some thought it was fair game (he is political staff after all) the City's code of conduct is clear that this is a no-no.
Anton simply asked Robertson, who is Quinlan's boss, to be accountable for this and to make it stop. However, as the video makes clear, Gregor Robertson doesn't like the line of questioning about him or his staff. The Mayor's steely stare at Anton and his hands, tightly tapping impatiently, expressed Robertson's arrogance better than words would have.
Once again Gregor either pretends to be out of touch as to the activities of his staff, or he is being deliberately kept out of the loop. Given that Robertson is one of Vancouver's most famous Twitterholics, how is it possible that he doesn't know what his Executive Assistant is saying on Twitter?
Anton simply asked Gregor to be accountable for one of his staff, which he curtly said that he would "take under advisement". The NPA city councillor could have been more aggressive, but clearly her approach was quite enough to get Robertson to reveal himself.
- post by Mike