Some councillors escape it, others don’t.
You’ll notice that veteran councillors rarely get caught in big issues on the wrong side.
But the classic was River ward’s Riley Brockington rookie councillor who approved a playground to Mooney’s Bay Park before consulting with his constituents. What he discovered very quickly was his constituents didn’t like the park, not being consulted, not being able to change the decision and finally not Riley himself.
A video showed Brockington at a belated public consultation in the back of the room letting staffers take the brunt of the criticism that night.
Now Kitchissippi’s Jeff Leiper has caught himself on the wrong side of the Spencer Avenue bike-lane decision and he is back-pedalling furiously to extricate himself.
Brockington after the playground fiasco looks just about impossible to re-elect.
It will be interesting if Leiper can extract himself from this mess but even a small decline in popularity in Kitchissippi can spell doom because the elections there are tight and hotly contested.
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