Statement by Fred Lex
I grew up in the heart of Montreal. Following MBA graduate school I moved to Ontario to pursue my next career position in healthcare sales. My territory covered East Hamilton and the Mountain. More than 25 years have passed taking me to corporate management by way of the U.S.A, Europe and locations in Canada. I have closely seen many cities. I fell in love with the heart of Hamilton over 2 decades back then and have remained a fan of the city ever since. Why? Well as I have often said to others Hamilton reminds me more than any other city in Ontario, and perhaps in Canada, of my boyhood home, Montreal. The neighborhoods with well worn buildings, the industrial roots, and the rawness of it's heritage. Only those of us from the core of a city like Montreal or dare I say a borough of New York and of course Hamiltonians themselves, understand the beauty of Hamilton. It is beautiful in this way, but it has waited to be even more so. It is time for an even more attractive Hamilton. The roots are there. Do not blow it. Stop dithering. Hamilton will hopefully draw my teen daughters to McMaster, keep the cream of young professional living in and building the city, and bring entrepreneurs and intellectual capital to a well placed centre. Few cities have the potential Hamilton has. A world class downtown must be realized. The stadium must be downtown.