Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Kitchener Council makes the Mercer Report!

Anyone following the story of how Kitchener City Council members scored free Elton John tickets as a matter of entitlement should check out The Mercer Report this week (Season 5, episode 16).

One of Rick's clips highlights Mayor Carl Zehr's explanation of why councilors need to be there gratis - to understand how the auditorium works, of course.

Quite reasonable.

Why do I think Mayor Zehr and entourage are going to have a hard time living this one down?

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Wednesday Update: Tale of two cities' take on tickets - Record:

The Aud's general manager, Kim Kugler, said 61 tickets went to members of city council and their friends or family.

Here's what city councillors acquired (in addition to their single free ticket):

Coun. Geoff Lorentz
-- 19.

Zehr -- seven (and he referred one acquaintance who also bought six tickets).

Coun. Berry Vrbanovic -- seven.

Coun. John Gazzola -- seven.

Coun. John Smola -- five.

Coun. Kelly Galloway -- three. (*)

Coun. Christina Weylie -- none.

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Record - Rick Mercer on Elton John Tickets.

So Kitchener is now officially the laughingstock of Canada.

Which makes MP Karen Redman the Honourable Member for Laughingstock.

* - Update: Councillor gave away free Elton John ticket.

Mayor makes no apology for enjoying Elton John show -Record.


jckirlan said...

Same thing happened here in Sudbury. The NDP socialist "we are all equal" mayor John Rodriguez and the city councilors secured for themselves over one hundred tickets. No shame, no offer to return them or give them back for charity auction. Just a mea culpae and a promise to learn from their mistakes. Truely sad and disgusting.
More limosine Liberalsim where equal does not mean equal.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Jckirlan - As you'll see from the update at the end of this post, your city fathers seem to have given in and returned most of the tickets.

Ours aren't budging an inch. I bet they would if it were an election year.

jckirlan said...

Glad you told me as I have turned away in disgust over the whole thing.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I added an update this morning to a new Record article.

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Anonymous said...

why not write to Elton himself and tell him what's going on.