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Debate over NPA future rages

December 22nd, 2008 · 4 Comments

Boy, I thought everyone would be out slogging through the snow to get their Christmas shopping done the last few days, but apparently pondering the future of the city’s Non-Partisan Association took precedence.

Anyway, check out the comments under my last post, where some former directors like Paul Barbeau and Alex Tsakumis are weighing in. And here’s the view from the former mayor’s former chief of staff, Daniel Fontaine, on what the NPA needs.

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  • A. G. Tsakumis

    Daniel Fontaine spent three years sheilding the worst Mayor in the history of Vancouver. He spent three years padding friends from honest queries by media and vilifying anyone who would question the insanity spewing from the wellhead of Sam’s sputtering machine. Daniel spent three years without consulting or listening to anyone who would legitimately question what in the world they were thniking in the crowsnest at 12th and Cambie.

    Nice enough man, certainly, and he had a hell of a time trying to control Sam, no question, but he had options–lots of them.

    You can’t be ‘Chief’ of Staff when the most junior of that staff is working until midnight, while the other two have left early on the Friday Jamie Graham and Sam were brawling–and that’s just one example.

    There is a point where the ‘Silo Mentality’ sets in.

    I think with another Mayor Daniel might have been a very good, but he made very bad choices with Sam and did not put his foot down the way Geoff did with Larry.

    Like Meggs or hate him, he was the best Chief of Staff. He didn’t have much to work with but went out of his way to merde into marshmellows, that everyone wanted.

    It would be well passed midnight when Meggs was done. That’s your job, if you can’t take it or have childcare issues, tough shit, go home. That’s the job.

    I like Daniel on a personal level, but his advice is hollow.

    He had options, and exercised none of them.

  • Mr. Mister

    Frances, perhaps you could change your blog address to Alex has so much to offer and is here quite a bit.

  • tommi

    I find it rich that one of the people responsible for the destruction of the NPA is now claiming that the NPA won’t be able to successfully rebuild (without him). Sour grapes, anyone?

    Daniel had his chance and failed miserably. He can either take his jacks and go home or play nice.

  • Bill Lee

    And there is a rebellion in the City of Seattle over that
    city’s treatment of snowbound streets
    Linkname: It’s time to get angry about city’s response to snow

    Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 00:18:47 GMT

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