Daryl Katz: “If this deal doesn’t work, what can I say, obviously all bets are off and we’ll have to figure out what comes next. And I don’t know what that will be.” The story is here.
When I was a young man, a company came along and offered me a really good job. Lots of money, more responsibility and a prime time shift. It was everything I wanted, except the job was in Regina and I was newly married and living in Red Deer (which was and is a very nice city).
Anyway, I called my Dad and talked to him about it. He said ‘make a list of the positives and negatives of each job’ and I said ‘what if I tell the company in Red Deer to match the money or I’ll leave?’
And of course you know what he said, because everyone with a little more life experience would say the same thing. “Son, if you make that threat you better be prepared to back it up.”
Long story short we moved to Regina.
Daryl Katz: “I’m focused on making this deal work — God knows, I’ve spent enough money.”
I don’t think this will rank as a defining quote, like ‘let them eat cake’ or ‘Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job’ but the fact remains that the quote runs out of time with what most Edmontonians are thinking.
The problem Mr. Katz is having–in my opinion–is that Edmontontians were very uncomfortable but willing to live with the deal made with the City. The mayor’s reaction to the new request for dollars was a perfect
mirror for the citizens, and that gap–however wide–may be the hill the mayor and the city of Edmonton choose to die on.
And after that? I refer you to my father’s words.