Some Closing Comments To The Media From Mayor Pat Fiacco

Tonight was the final meeting for this council. Not returning after the October 24 election are Fred Clipsham, Louis Browne and Jocelyn Hutchinson. And of course, Mayor Fiacco has also chosen not to run again.

The meeting closed out with a touching address from each councillor. They thanked their families, their colleagues on council, the city administration, the people of Regina. It was all very positive and not a single negative word was spoken.

Well, except for one.

In closing out the speeches, Mayor Fiacco had a few words for Regina’s media. Here’s what he had to say….

Mayor Fiacco On The Media by Paul Dechene

Um… ouch. I guess I suck?

Geez, what would he say if he knew about all the things I haven’t put in print.

Later, in the press scrum after the meeting, I got a chance to ask our outgoing mayor a question. Here’s how that went….

What Pat Fiacco will miss about being mayor by Paul Dechene

For the record, when we’ve met in person and had exchanges in press scrums, the mayor has only ever been polite and professional with me. On his last day, he took a shot at the city hall coverage in the paper for which I provide coverage of city hall…. I guess that’s his prerogative.

I should also note (in part, so there’s no unwarranted collateral damage from this post), my dealings with the rest of city council have been 100 per cent friendly and productive. Seriously. I couldn’t have asked for better councillors to have to write about. In particular, of those leaving office this year, I have spent a lot of time talking with councillors Clipsham and Browne — which you’ve probably noticed from the number of quotes I use from them in my coverage. It’s a serious pity they’ve chosen to move on.

And as for Councillor Fougere, who you probably know is running for mayor and thus won’t be returning to represent his ward, I know there’s this perception that as head of the construction association and chair of planning commission he’s somehow a natural enemy of a paper like prairie dog, but despite this, he has always returned my phone calls promptly and never been anything but helpful.

Holy heck. You should have heard some of the interviews I subjected him to back during those tempestuous days of condo conversions. I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing and I’d have him on the phone for upwards of an hour just peppering the poor guy with questions. Sometimes things got pretty heated but he never held a grudge and we’d be back at it again two weeks later.

So, anyway, I have genuinely enjoyed covering this council. And as much as I get a kick out of covering an election and from seeing what will come of it, I have to admit, I too was a little sad to see the old gang breaking up.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5'10'' tall and he was born in a place. He's not there now. He's sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It's "Girl From Ipanema", thanks for asking. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

10 thoughts on “Some Closing Comments To The Media From Mayor Pat Fiacco”

  1. So glad our whiny suck is finally gone. That over-rated Cupid held the puppy-dog press in the palm of his greasy little hand from Day 1. There was no media manager who could dare resist Cupid’s quiver and bow. It was a love affair for the ages, like one long Night in Rodanthe. (Richard Gere JUST HAS play the mayor in the Manitoba-produced mini-series). Really hope F-bomb has the modicum of self-respect needed to stay the hell out of public policy debates now that he’s returning to private life, stays off of his Pouty Pat soapbox, and just evaporates, totally. Blowhard.

  2. This sounds like a speech from an out-going high school student council prez. Complaining about the school newspaper for riding him too hard? Give me a break.

    The second sound byte is perhaps even more telling as he reminisces about how he will miss being one of the cool kids, who is “in the know” about what great “development” projects are coming up. (or what heritage buildings are coming down as seems to be the case in this high school). It illustrates to me that he saw his role as being one that should be involved in approving applications for development that were outside the plans and zoning systems that any civil society should be governed by. boo.

    I tip my hat to Dechene who continues to tolerate his job of keeping people of Regina informed of a very difficult to follow city administration. Not only does he do it with professionalism, he has gone out of his way in this post to offer very kind words to all of the outgoing councilors, no matter what he thought of their (high school) actions.

  3. Wait. I’m confused. If all of the commentary is a joke, including comment #4, then that’s a joke as well? So, like, it’s NOT a joke then…?

    **head explodes**

  4. @4 Should ask mayor to define “fair” coverage. Pretty sure, to him, it’s anything that glorifies him and unfair coverage is anything that doesn’t.

    I don’t “hate” the mayor or the job he did overall, but he did harbour an explosively condescending attitude towards the press that continues to this day, and exudes in his first comment exactly what he thinks they are here for: To act as the Fiacco City Hall’s public relations department.

    Everyone seems to suggest they “know more than they’ve exposed…” Well why the hell? You’re all doing yourselves and the public a disservice. We all KNOW you spent the decade playing Patty-Cake; it’s not like an average guy can be in the front pocket of big business and get away clean. Oh well, keep it to yourselves then. We’re all much too sensitive to deal.

  5. Pat et al, agreed to spend 7 more Reigna millions on ” a once in a lifetime oppertunity”really?

    The CPR land has sat there for 100 odd years and this is the 1st time it’s been for sale to the CoR?
    LOL!

  6. “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” – Richard M. Nixon

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