The hits are coming thick and fast at Investors Group Field. The football season is many weeks away, but the major players behind the construction of the stadium are playing the blame game with aplomb. Here's how our readers call the play.
Sheegl: I know nothing and see nothing. Katz: No one said nothing to me and besides I was in Phoenix at the time. Selinger: Hey you know it wasn't my fault, I was busy working on the tax hikes. Asper: Hey, don't thank me, it was my pleasure.
And the beat goes on.
We all know s flows downhill, but responsibility flows uphill. The underlings will deflect all blame directed their way but the head man cannot. He is the winner or loser in the end. As I recall, our premier stepped up to the plate as the leader, just before the last election, and this is what we get. His "damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead" was what the NDP decided they needed to get re-elected when, in retrospect, it was time to take a close look at all the issues and build a stadium we could be proud of. Now we have a stadium that could turn out to have the same problem as Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
Now we have Selinger on the podium again touting the northern dam projects plus Bipole 3.
With his record, I just cannot accept his decisions any longer.
Just came up with a great idea. Fire the lot of them and hire a firm to organize and complete all necessary upgrades and repairs.
When that's all done have another multimillion dollar publicly funded inquiry and point fingers at each other again.
Cowards and incompetents look for someone else to blame. A responsible leader starts looking for solutions, regardless of who is to blame.
"But, Eeyore," said Pooh, "was it a joke, or an accident? I mean --"
"I didn't stop to ask, Pooh. Even at the very bottom of the river I didn't stop to say to myself, 'Is this a Hearty Joke, or is it the Merest Accident?' I just floated to the surface, and said to myself, 'It's wet.' If you know what I mean."
"... A process called "value engineering," during which construction managers try to shave costs to meet a budget target."
Isn't it the usual procedure that you have a plan and get a price instead of hacking bits off like a person at Safeway who doesn't have enough cash for their purchase?
"If I put back the beans and the eggs will I have enough?"
Where have all the cowboys gone? Someone should man up, admit the mistakes, take responsibility and fix the problems. There would be respect in that...
It had to be built quick so Asper could get his paws on the old stadium property fast.
-- next Mayor
"More work needed to be done, more work was done, and that allowed us to get a high-quality facility," Selinger said.
How can he with a straight face call that train wreck a "high-quality facility"? The foundation was cracking within weeks of opening. Now we find out it can't handle a spring thaw. It's a disaster, not a high-quality facility.
Greg, more work STILL needs to be done to make it an even usable facility! Selinger was more than happy to take credit for the stadium construction during the last election, so he sure as heck has to take responsibility for its long list of failures.
I imagine that once he's done with his infrastructure spending spree, we'll be seeing the same kind of quality of work done there as was done on the stadium. But hey, it's only taxpayers money. Gotta keep those union "jobs" coming to keep his voters happy, screw taxpayers.