HRM Mayor reflects on difficult weeks, looks to future
Published Thursday, March 8, 2012 10:30AM AST
Peter Kelly may have a few regrets as he prepares to leave office this fall, but as Paul Anka expressed in the hit song My Way, there's "too few to mention."
In a remarkably candid interview with CTV's Steve Murphy Wednesday, the mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality reflected on a difficult couple of weeks, but insisted he was comfortable with his decision not to run again.
"I think it's time for that break," Kelly said.
A self-confessed workaholic, the mayor said the long hours he devoted to running the municipality took a major toll on his personal life, something he wants to change in the future.
"I think it's time to look at the family situation. Certainly, with this job, with a marriage breakup and the challenges and the family, it hasn't been fair to them," he said.
"When you're working 80, 90, 100 hours a week, and sometimes you're sleeping on the floor, and you wake up, and start over again.
That's not a good life balance of things."
Kelly announced on February 22 that he would not seek a fourth term as mayor.
The decision followed growing scrutiny over his handling of a friend's will, a process he described as "in the hands of the lawyers."
Kelly did express some disappointment at the way he's been covered by certain media outlets in recent weeks.
"There have been some pieces that have been hurtful for the family," Kelly said.
"When you see yourself dead on the cover of a magazine, certainly that has an effect," he said, referring to a Frank Magazine cover story that featured a digitally altered photograph appearing to show him laying in a coffin.
Still, Kelly stopped short of criticizing media outlets for their coverage of his problems.
"Sometimes you can't control the media and they'll go to the degree they feel they can go," he said.
Kelly said he was looking forward to "new opportunities" after his term wraps-up, but declined to offer details on what those opportunities might be.
"Twenty-seven years is a long time in politics. It's probably a couple of lifetimes. I have admitted that I've made mistakes along the way," he said, but added there's nothing he'd change if he could do it all again.
"The fact is, I can't change the past. I can only look forward to changing the future," he said.
Halifax voters will choose a new mayor in October.