2009 grade: C
2008 grade: D
2007 grade: D+
There’s no question that David Hendsbee is the most unpredictable of the councillors, but whether that’s because he’s a free thinker with a broad streak of independence or because he simply can’t make up his mind is open for debate.
I’ll give him this: he isn’t afraid to piss people off. Hendsbee agreed with Dawn Sloane’s unpopular---some would say heretical---campaign against a memorial to fallen police officers being placed in the Grand Parade. And, to his great credit, Hendsbee supports increasing bridge tolls to better fund transit.
Maybe Hendsbee should get a social promotion bump in his grade, in recognition of the weird stuff that gets dumped in his district---last year it was the Mineville fire, this year the absurd Brindi case---but on the most important issue to come across his desk this year, Hendsbee blew it.
Hendsbee’s district stretches from the oceanfront at Lawrencetown, up through the suburbs of Lake Echo and into the Prestons, which presents a bit of a balancing act for any politician. But when it came to “tax reform,” he fully aligned himself with the upper-income suburbanites and threw the people of North Preston under the bus---had that misguided proposal passed, nearly every North Preston property would have had their city taxes doubled, and some even tripled. It’s unconscionable that their elected rep supported “tax reform.”