TORONTO — A special Oshawa city council meeting to discuss the prospect of luring the Hamilton Tiger-Cats has been sacked.
Councillors were to meet Friday to discuss the possibility of the city becoming the new home of the CFL team and a Pan Am stadium that would seat 25,000. City officials announced Thursday that the special meeting was cancelled.
The Tiger-Cats have been in a brawl over where a new stadium to host the Pan Am Games should be built — a facility that would be the future home of the team — and have threatened to move if they don't get their way.
Council candidate Bill Steele — who floated the idea of the Ti-Cats touching down in Oshawa earlier this week — said he's disappointed in council.
"They won't even talk about this," Steele said. "I've suggested from the get go that this would not involve any council money."
Steele said it's clear councillors are more concerned with scoring "political games" than CFL games.
"The possibility is there," Steele said. "They are missing the whole thing."
Councillor Robert Lutczyk called the special meeting but said one of the six councillors needed to sign off on the meeting pulled out.
Lutcyzk isn't giving up.
He plans to bring up the idea at a Monday meeting of the strategic initiatives committee.
Councillor Louise Parkes said she's not sure where the meeting would have led but was disappointed to hear it had been cancelled.
"Although financially Oshawa cannot take on capital projects at this time, we must continue to be open for business for any good ideas that come," she said. "Agree with this or not, it was a strong idea from an aspiring councillor coupled with some leg work from a current one.
"I would have preferred not to slam the door shut like this on people."