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Monday, June 29, 2009

Put Up Or Shut Up

It is time that Councillor Halberstadt reveal all or learn to close his mouth for once.

He is the person who is quite willing to strip away CUPE's new hires' PRB benefits but nevertheless votes in his own personal self-interest not to increase his personal PRB costs. Is this a sign he is not running again?

The Councillor did it again in his BLOG as I mentioned the other day:
  • "It has become clear now that the infamous "leak" (to the A Channel) of the bargaining positions of the city and CUPE was perpetrated by CUPE National. Details were perhaps verified by one or more people on the city side."

That is a very serious allegation to make. Yet when he was called on it, all he could say was:

  • "Asked to explain the blog entry, Halberstadt said it’s simply his opinion.

    “It’s just my belief that’s the way it’s unfolding,” he said by phone on Sunday night.

    Halberstadt said his posting was “based on conversations,” but would not elaborate.

    “I don’t want to get into further comment. I’ve made my comments on my website and I don’t want to go beyond that.”

It is not acceptable for a City Councillor in the middle of a strike to express an "opinion" that is "clear" that CUPE National "perpetrated" the leak and now seemingly backs off saying his comment was based on "conversations" with persons whom he did not name. Whom in the City is he protecting?

If he was wrong, then he owes it to CUPE and to Windsorites to admit it and to apologize immediately for his actions. If he is right, then tell us why.

Perhaps he should take a hint from Councillor Postma's BLOG before he damages his reputation any further. She has NOT written anything since June 1.