Saturday, 20 September 2008

Voter Distrust

On Sept. 5 the Calgary Herald published a story on recent polling telling us the public distrusts the various levels of government to do the right thing. Recent events in the Crowsnest Pass show that distrust is well justified.Council played games with the fate of the Crowsnest Centre to the point of frustrating enough people to sign a petition demanding council to bring to a plebiscite a bylaw "That the municipality of Crowsnest Pass ensure the continuing existence and operation of Crowsnest Centre property (Plan 731227, Block H, containing 3.51 hectares), be used for public and community purposes as a community and learning centre and for providing other municipal services". The right thing for council to do would have been to do what 600 or so voters in the Crowsnest Pass asked council to do in their petition.

Council, unfortunately, chose to ignore the rights of the citizens to petition their government to simply bring to a public vote a question on a bylaw as they wanted to see put in place. Council instead chose to make amendments to the requested bylaw that would ensure the defeat of the petioners' bylaw by placing unrealistic demands on the municipality's 2009 budget.

Is it any wonder that 51% of the people distrust their local government?


  1. Look in the mirror Gary, I think it is you who have been playing games. This has resulted in many people in this community now NOT trusting you 100% of the time, especially concerning anything to do with the Centre. In my opinion, because of your past actions, you have lost all credibility with respect to this matter. Your now trying to justify your actions with lame excuses and newspaper clippings, is not going to change that.

    Men of honour admit when they are wrong!

    They don’t look for excuses or try to justify their mistakes by pointing their fingers at the other guys. The majority rules! Isn’t that how democracy works? Or are you still stuck in the autocratic rule of your illustrious leader? (Speaking of which, he has done a good job on this issue in ‘using you’ to be his ‘fall guy’. Wake up and smell the roses, before it is too late.)

    In conclusion, what the article you quoted, failed to point out, is that what people are really fed up with in society, is the 'lack of accountability'. From the recent financial collapse where the rich got richer and the poor got stuck with the bill, to your groups total incompetence and disregard for the public purse.

    Finally, my question to you is: On Monday, if the vote is overwhelmingly 'NO', will you and the minority on council ‘be accountable’ by admitting your mistakes and apologizing to the people of this community for what you put us through?

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