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At the August meeting of the TMR Council, Mayor Philippe Roy said that Peter Malouf was to blame for the fiasco of the proposed new sports centre.
This is a complete distortion of the truth. Peter Malouf was in no way involved in the concept or management of that project. It was wholly under the control of the Town Council, and its lead champion was Councillor Michelle Setlakwe.
Peter Malouf was neither the chair nor a member of the No committee in the referendum on the loan to finance the sports centre. He did publicly support the No vote. Like most of those who voted No, he thought that the plans for a palatial sports centre were extravagant and that costs would rise even beyond the $48 million then proposed. Being experienced in sports-centre management, he offered suggestions for a more realistic plan. The Yes committee, headed by Ms. Setlakwe, scoffed at the prediction of higher costs and at Mr. Malouf personally. But the pessimists were right. The two bids to build the centre came in at $88 million and $94 million, nearly double the original estimate. As Mr. Roy admitted at the August meeting, even a slimmed-down version of the plan still would cost more than TMR can afford. Peter Malouf had nothing to do with this disaster.
In an astonishing display of vulgarity, Mr. Roy said that Peter Malouf’s team “vomits” on his administration. I would argue that, on the contrary, Mr. Malouf has shown a keen sense of realism and a focus on Town priorities.