Grade this year: B-
Grade last year: C-
Russell Walker’s been around forever, and knows what’s what. He’s generally right-of-centre on the issues that The Coast finds important---he’s for a third harbour crossing, he voted for the Chebucto Road widening, he unthinkingly supports huge budget increases for cops, whether warranted or not.
But---and this is huge---Walker was the councillor who derailed the proposed transit tax changes, which were in turn the precursor for the larger tax reform proposal. Walker was a pit bull on the issue; he wouldn’t let it go, he rhetorically ripped it to shreds.
Walker based his opposition to the tax plan in terms of what it would do to the people in his district---in short, increase their taxes. I would have liked to have seen a more ideology-based critique, but Walker’s pragmatic representation of district won the day regardless, and no one else was stepping up to the plate.