Timing is everything — and for Coun. Arjun Singh, an off-the-cuff remark wasn’t best suited for Tuesday’s council meeting.
As council was discussing the schedule for public budget consultations, talk turned to the challenges council faces in dealing with decisions of whether services should be cut.
Singh, who often makes joking comments on the side, said: “It's a difficult process, like killing babies."
Unfortunately for him, Tuesday’s council agenda included a letter criticizing the City for allowing a pro-life banner to be hung downtown and on the North Shore.
“Obviously it was a bad comment to make. It wasn’t thoughtful at all. Obviously in a different context at a different time, it may have come across differently,” he said.
The banner discussion didn’t occur until later in the meeting, but Singh realized his faux pas after it went out on Twitter.
“It’s sometimes a phrase I’ve heard around. I’m feeling very apologetic of using that phrase in the context of other issues on council’s agenda. Part of this work sometimes is you make off-the-cuff comments and you have to be a little bit careful about that. I slipped up a little today,” he said later.
“It was certainly — the penny dropped what could possibly be the implications of that. I’m sorry about that and we move on.”
Singh did note it was Cool to be Kind Week (he handed out chocolates before the council meeting) and he hoped the media would be gentle about his obvious verbal slip-up.
“One of the things you have to be careful of is making sure you choose your words carefully. In this particular case, I guess I didn’t,” he said.
“I’m a human, last time I checked. Things sometimes slip through.”