CTV catches up with Gregor, and he claims he doesn't know what's up
We have to commend the work of several of Vancouver's media, who sensing that Gregor Robertson has something to hide on the matter of the Pandora Street fire which resulted in three deaths, are trying to make him more accountable.
At a ribbon cutting event held Saturday in east Vancouver, Robertson was button-holed by CTV and CKNW news who wanted to ask him why he wouldn't talk about the sudden departure of a 38-year veteran employee. Remember that it has been a full 48 hours since the story about Robbins' departure first broke on CityCaucus.com. And don't forget that media sat outside his office on Thursday while he remained locked up in a food policy meeting.
So you think that the Mayor might be fully briefed on what happened with Robbins, right? Well, the awkward response from Robertson in this media scrum – see video – indicates either Robertson has either been deliberately kept in the dark, or he is playing dumb.
When it comes to tough questions, it's clear that the strategy of Roberton's handlers is to keep him in the bubble at all costs. Robertson's furrowed brow and deer-in-the-headlights expression is becoming a fixture of City Hall politics. Of course, it has been "caught on tape" many times before, as in these previous episodes:
On the subject of Carlene Robbins, you can guarantee that Penny Ballem is working feverishly to secure a buy-out with a gag clause with Robbins. Carlene is no doubt holding out for the most she can get in exchange for keeping her mouth shut.
But if Vancouver city council is at all sincere about conducting a coroner's inquest to investigate what happened on Pandora Street, then Mayor Robertson would state publicly that he will not support a gag clause for Robbins. In order to get to the bottom of what really happened on that evening where three men died in flames, Robbins needs to be able to speak freely.
What we are seeing is a casebook example of how NOT to deal with a controversy. Gregor Robertson, had he been willing to lead, would have ignored advice to hide behind the curtain on the Pandora Street matter. Instead he just looks foolish.
- post by Mike