Friday, November 2, 2012
In a recent CTV News interview the Mayor claims he and his council have a 'mandate' to make change. Where exactly does he feel this 'mandate' comes from, and who gave it to them?
It didn't come during the election because everybody running was for change. Maybe he feels it came with the Strategic Action Plan that he paid a handful of 'volunteers' to come up with that he subsequently presented to a roomful of people (~200) last year? If so, that is not a mandate.
A mandate is when you present a detailed plan, such as the Federal Liberal Red Book plan. A mandate is where all the people know what you stand for and what you intend on doing that is subsequently put to a vote by way of an election. No where do I recall this mayor and/or his council being given a mandate? Never mind running roughshod over the residents here while stating to the media and the Minister that he has one. He does not!
Furthermore, today again on the news, I hear him telling viewers and listeners that he has the backing of the 'silent majority'. The audacity of this man! As a former educator can he not do the math? Approximately 2,700 residents voted in the last election. 2,500 signed the petition. 200 people (how many of these actually support him?) is not a 'silent majority'. The man's living in La-La Land and feeding the public garbage.
He then went on to suggest the Minister is siding with him because of a letter sent out to a handful of residents by the Minister in response to emails they had sent to him. A handful of form letters saying one thing does not necessarily equate that that response will necessarily be the same one given to the Crowsnest Ratepayers Association submitting a petition containing 2,500 signatures. At least I would hope not! To suggest differently as he was doing is living in a land of wishful thinking, while at the same time trying to pull the wool over people's eyes.
I tell ya, in the past, I've held off calling this man out on some of the things he's been doing, giving him the benefit of the doubt, but he is starting to get to me with his BS and outright lies, and pie-in-the-sky promises that never seem to materialize.
We need another Public Town Hall Meeting so this man can be called out on the carpet. He can bring his 'silent majority'... I'm sure there'll be enough seats.
The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.