Jason Blokhuis came into the Guelph Mayor’s race hoping to shake things up, and break open what sometimes feels like a two man (so to speak) race. The University of Waterloo prof thinks that the choice in this election need not come down to one between the status quo of Karen Farbridge versus the populist appeal of Councillor Cam Guthrie. Instead, he wants to make an appeal for smarter government, a point of view that says maybe we can be the progressive city we know and love while still being shrewd and prudent with how we spend our tax money. A controversial opinion to be sure.
In our discussion, Blokhuis talks about why top down, Guelph isn’t the caring community that Farbridge wants to create while its people are already an example of it, and why the much-discussed “Guelph Factor” can be seen as both a good and a bad thing for the Royal City. He also takes credit for pushing both Farbridge and Guthrie into releasing their platforms and talks about why the city needs a good debate on the issues facing Guelph and not a rehash of who did what and who’s going to do things different from others.
Here’s the Guelph Politicast with Jason Blokhuis.
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