- A Series of Auditions for Pretenders
- February 14, 2013 - 11:38
It amazes me some of the people who run for city council or provincial politics repeatedly without success. Look at the political cartoon in today's Telegram spoofing Brad Cabana considering a run for Pope. The same unfortunate humor can be applied to the wannabes who run for council unsuccessfuly at each election cycle. You just watch some of the prior losers who try, yet again, for glory in this Fall's municipal election.
- Colin Burke
- February 14, 2013 - 09:05
Municipal government, like the other levels, is in conflict of interest, in that it actually provides services of which it ought only to regulate their being provided. Also, it almost universally violates the legal presumption of innocence by requiring building permits to ensure beforehand that citizens will obey the law, instead of punishing them after an offence, and the real reason for the latter is that a real punishment sufficient for deterrence would result in outright rebellion because the "offence" would obviously have been too trivial to deserve such punishment; anyone charged with building without permission, especially if otherwise he has obeyed the regulations after taking the trouble to read them, ought to challenge on constitutional grounds the law requiring him to get a permit. Municipal government in its preswent form is therefore the kind of creeping tyranny embodied in a higher government's requiring a licence for marriage; I want nothing to do with such and would certainly not undertake to become part of it.
- Ken Collis
- February 14, 2013 - 08:25
I have volunteered to sit on various committees during the past 30 years. I'm a volunteer fireman, I sit on the local Harbour Authority, and I'm chairman of the local ferry users association. I don't regret any of the time and energy I've spent doing all this, but I truely dislike the way the provincial government treats us. There is no consultation, no consideration given to the people we are trying to help, and the only way to recieve support is if you are willing to give up a benefit so the support requested becomes no cost to government. Sometimes you give up something because the other need is greater, only to discover that you lose what you gave up and government changed it's policy so you don't get what you needed and sacrificed for either. Volunteer for council now and have to deal with government every day. No thanks. Just about everyone I know who has tried says how difficult it is.