WORD ASSOCIATION

LISA HOPELESS – Our next speaker—certainly no stranger to council—is Bob Jones.

BOB – With the mayor’s permission, I would like to play a game of word association with her.

LISA HOPELESS – Sounds fun!

BOB – We’ll see about that. When I say a word I want you to respond with the first word that comes into your head. Ready?

LISA HOPELESS – I’ve got my thinking cap on.

COUNCILLOR CURMUDGEON – Uh-oh.

BOB – Okay, here goes. The first word is HIGH.

LISA HOPELESS – LOW.

BOB – How about SMALL?

LISA – LARGE.

BOB – RAIL?

LISA HOPELESS – YARDS.

BOB – And finally, RIDICULOUS!

LISA HOPELESS – ABSURD!

BOB – While this game probably seems like a bunch of nonsense to most of you gathered here tonight, what it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt is that Mayor Hopeless has some serious ties with the development industry. In fact, based on the disclosure agreement she was required to file after the 2014 election, nearly fifty percent of her campaign contributions came from builders and developers.

LISA HOPELESS – Don’t forget councillors Bullshit and Loveflake! Half of their campaign money came from the unions.

BOB – Finger point all you want, Madame Mayor. Big money should have no place in local politics, whether that money comes from unions or developers. Incompetents should not be elevated to positions of power just because they’re willing to bow down to the Victoria Labour Council . . .

COUNCILLOR LOVEFLAKE – Why are you looking at me?

BOB – . . . and identity politics should not be the primary determinant of a candidate’s success at the ballot box.

LISA HOPELESS – Don’t talk about Marianne that way.

BOB – Council needs more independent voices without hidden agendas or ties to special interest groups. In other words, councillors who don’t owe anything to anybody and whose overriding interest is to do what’s best for the city.

BEV (standing) – Let this be a warning to you all! Voters are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore!