Posted 21 August 2019 - 09:38 AM
If the intent was to advance reconciliation, of course it was a disaster. But I suspect it was designed firstly to generate publicity for the mayor's reelection campaign launch and also to create a wedge issue where the mayor, Ben and Ben's acolytes could decry anyone who disagreed with the cloak and dagger drama as racist. This set the tone for an embarrassing Gong Show of an election in which progressive candididates like Hammond could, incredibly, be painted as right-wingers. It would never work in a city with an educated, astute thoughtful voter base but they definitely sized up their base correctly here and it worked.
The sad part is it almost certainly harmed the cause of reconcilation. But, hey, whatever it takes to win, right?
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