LRT Stage 3: Not Dead, ‘Just Resting’


Oh our Ottawa city councillors. Ever the optimists.

It’s hard to know what our municipal elected officials are under the influence of, alcohol, dope, shrooms but most likely politics … the most dangerous hallucinogen on the planet.

It turns people into instant experts. Misguided souls who think the City of Ottawa could get Stage 3 LRT to Kanata, Stittsville and Barrhaven … right and even proceeding.

Let’s just say that taxpayers have been pounding their heads against a cinder-block wall for four years on light rail and now certain spending addicts (yet another political disease) on council believe taxpayers should pound their heads against a wall even more. You know why you pound your head against a cinder-block wall? Because it feels better when you stop.

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So stop. Get what we’ve kinda built working and get city finances in order. And then … maybe … perhaps … whatever … three truck-loads of valium later … we could start again. Or not.

So Stage 3 is not resting. It’s not stunned. It’s not pining for the fjords. It’s dead. It’s deceased. It’s an ex-train.

If ever there were an allegory for the light-rail project, it is the Monty Python dead parrot skit below.


Ken Gray


Monty Python Dead Parrot




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