Grade this year: B-
Grade last year: C-
Russell Walker’s been around forever, and knows what’s what. He’s generally right-of-centre on the issues that The Coast finds important---he’s for a third harbour crossing, he voted for the Chebucto Road widening, he unthinkingly supports huge budget increases for cops, whether warranted or not.
But---and this is huge---Walker was the councillor who derailed the proposed transit tax changes, which were in turn the precursor for the larger tax reform proposal. Walker was a pit bull on the issue; he wouldn’t let it go, he rhetorically ripped it to shreds.
Walker based his opposition to the tax plan in terms of what it would do to the people in his district---in short, increase their taxes. I would have liked to have seen a more ideology-based critique, but Walker’s pragmatic representation of district won the day regardless, and no one else was stepping up to the plate.
posted by REBECCA DINGWELL, Oct 21/16
Surprise! Islamophobic commenters get it wrong. comments 9
posted by EVELYN WHITE, Oct 20/16
The inaugural Chancellor's Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy wants to inspire young lawyers, and elevate Indigenous affairs at Dalhousie. comments 4
posted by JACOB BOON, Oct 16/16
Six new faces elected to city hall after a night of close finishes and surprising upsets. comments 6
posted by MOIRA DONOVAN, Oct 14/16
Halifax continues to fight a valiant, apparently futile struggle against voter apathy. comments 0
posted by JACOB BOON, Oct 13/16
Barry Dalrymple is the only outgoing city councillor publicly endorsing a successor. comments 0
posted by MOIRA DONOVAN, Oct 11/16
Short of bringing back Halifax County, can we ever hope to be one, big, happy municipality? comments 1
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