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When it comes to big civic projects politicians only slow things up, says former Edmonton mayor

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After spending years leading negotiations to build Rogers Place, former mayor Stephen Mandel says deals for future big civic projects might go faster if politicians were less engaged.

“If you can keep politicians out of it, it can go much quicker. Unfortunately, we get involved and slow things up,” Mandel said Monday following a speech about the new arena to the Rotary Club of Edmonton.

“It’s the nature of the animal … I think government needs to streamline the process it goes through so that business can move ahead and be successful, and not create bureaucracy.”

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loc...rogers-place-former-mayor-stephen-mandel-says
 

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