What bothers your agent most about Fleury’s disdain for the Salvation Army shelter in his ward is the politics.
Fleury is concerned about his constituent views. Fleury is concerned about the effect of the shelter on the community. Fleury is concerned about his political future. Fleury is concerned about the attitude of the big, bad Salvation Army.
Fleury is definitely saving (or trying to save) his political career.
I detest politics being part of how the homeless are cared for but sadly the attitude appears to prevail with all on city council.
One look at how little is done for social housing buildings is visible proof.
He pretends that he cares by citing “research shows smaller shelters are better”. Ok then councillor, are you going to build the smaller shelters? Have you done anything worth speaking of in regards to homelessness, ever? No.
It is all about bigotry and fear. It is not just an Ottawa issue. Too many that have just don’t like to give it away. In reality they just don’t give a damn.
Veil one’s negative reaction to affordable housing in bull statistics and give out lines like,” Let’s have a study done”. These things make it look like one cares and wants to do something but, to date, no something meets the criteria.
But, you know what? Someday affordable housing will be the norm in a civilized society and the naysayer’s descendants will look back at grandpa with shame.