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  • Bianca Müller

2012 grade: F
2011 grade: C-
2010 grade: D
2009 grade: C
2008 grade: D
2007 grade: D+

David Hendsbee voted against taking Hydrostone out of the BID, but for selling St. Pat's Alexandra. He voted for the stadium and for sending the Skye Halifax development to a public hearing.

But where Hendsbee really distinguished himself was with his over-the-top obnoxiousness when it came to the Occupy movement. At meeting after meeting, he ridiculed the group and churlishly told Occupiers how they should be conducting their protest. There's no evidence that Hendsbee ever went to visit the encampment and attempt to engage protesters in positive dialogue---rather, he simply made pronouncements sitting in the comfort of the council chambers, with the TV trained on him.

Hendsbee had no problem attacking the powerless Occupiers at every turn, but when he had the chance to show some real courage, he ran from it---he voted against censuring Peter Kelly. Council as a whole owns the hypocrisy of siccing the cops on some kids trying to make a political point while letting the mayor get away scot-free with his multiple sins, but that hypocrisy is epitomized as one odious, spineless coward in the person of Hendsbee.

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