Russell Walker is still riding the success of his anti-“tax reform” work. Readers will recall that last year Walker single-handedly derailed the move to place transit taxes under a “tax reform”-like fee for service system, as opposed to the traditional assessment-based system. Walker followed that up with continued leadership on the issue, and saw “tax reform” defeated this year.
But Walker’s right-of-centre politics are creeping back into prominence, as evidenced by his defence of keeping discussion of the proposed Halifax Police Department takeover of RCMP duties secret, his refusal (as police commissioner) to cut into the PD budget and a generally old-school paternalistic attitude toward governance.
He gets kudos for keeping “tax reform” at bay, but I don’t see him keeping these sort of grades into the future, unless he can embrace more forward-looking policies.
posted by REBECCA DINGWELL, Oct 26/16
The number of women on Halifax council got cut in half. Now what? comments 5
posted by REBECCA DINGWELL, Oct 21/16
Surprise! Islamophobic commenters get it wrong. comments 10
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
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