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All those opposed: good luck

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So, the game’s afoot. Those philosophically opposed to awarding the DBO for a public works project to a private corporation have until 4:30 p.m. on June 12 to get 892 bona fide Whistleratics to formally object… during shoulder season… when many people are away… or leaving… or otherwise distracted.

There are many reasons for opposing the DBO contract. I’ll explore them further next week.

There’s one reason to be in favour of it: it’s supposed to save taxpayers money over the course of the next 12 years. Maybe it will and maybe it won’t. At this point in history, for more reasons than I have room to list, I’m getting a little leery of promises made by governments and corporations that prove, in the end, to have been lies, sweet lies. I’m never certain whether or not to believe them because there seldom seems to be any consequences attached to their lies once discovered. Call me a cynic; I come by it honestly.

But while you go back and search the Pique for the ad council has to run this week informing you about all this, consider this one argument against the Bad Choice. It’s fundamentally undemocratic. It’s a ruse. It’s a weak attempt to be seen to be doing the right thing when the right thing is, in fact, the other option. It’s a flawed process built on flawed assumptions.

And it just might backfire. Stay tuned.

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