Oh, look, Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel is back on Oilers owner Daryl Katz’ side again, isn’t that sweet? Three months after declaring himself “frustrated” at Katz’ escalating demands, two months after the city council cut off talks with Katz when he blew a deadline for deciding exactly what he’s asking for, and one week after everybody agreed to go back to the negotiating table, Mandel took aim at the real bad guys here: Those Alberta provincial officials who refuse to give $100 million to Edmonton just because.
Mayor Stephen Mandel commented on [Alberta New Democratic Party Leader Brian] Mason’s position to not put $100 million in provincial money towards the downtown arena – Mandel was quoted as saying that Mason, and Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith “don’t care about Edmonton.”
Wait, wait, Stephen, that’s not what it says on the cue cards!
Mason replied by saying that Mandel should withdraw his remarks, calling them “unacceptable.” And certainly unlikely to get provincial officials excited about giving your city money to hand over to the local rich sports team owner. Though if it has the effect of shifting the debate from “Is Daryl Katz breaking campaign finance laws?” to “Why does the province hate Edmonton?”, I’m sure Katz isn’t going to complain.