Grade this year: C
Grade last year: Incomplete
At the time of last year’s report card, Tim Outhit had been sitting on council just two weeks. “Outhit hasn’t had enough time to find his council legs, much less define himself politically or demonstrate how he will represent his constituency,” I wrote at the time, explaining his “incomplete” grade.
So how’s he doing? I dunno. He talks a good game, but I get the sense that Outhit’s smarter than he is capable. Or perhaps he’s pulled away too much by his day job as executive director of NovaKnowledge to actually do the hard slogging required at City Hall.
Don’t get me wrong---Outhit has great potential. But so far he’s more of a big picture kind of guy---he likes to philosophize; politicking, not so much. That’s not a great trait for someone representing a district that’s about to be at the centre of a war over fast ferries and waterfront development.
Basically, I threw Outhit’s file down the stairs and it landed on the “C” step. Maybe he’ll act up in class, or ace a tax reform test, and I’ll take more notice. Maybe.