Town Talk on Dissolution
Since the release of the Municipal Inspection Report there is much talk going on around town including several comments on this blog about the possibility our community could be dissolved by way of ‘dissolution’ i.e. swallowed up by our neighbours in Pincher Creek or by the M.D. of Ranchland, or by a combination of both.
Some think with our track record of dissension among ourselves and dismal track record in properly managing our affairs that this would be the best thing for us in the long run. Some think regardless what we do that this is inevitable that there is a plan in the works that involves us being incorporated into a park, for example. Most believe this election will be our last…. if we don’t get our house in order.
I recall a while back, (but I can’t remember where and when?), the mayor speaking about us being no more (this was before the talk on annexation of a part of Ranchland). At the time, I was taken aback and thought he might be referring to us becoming part of an expanded provincial park (i.e. incorporated into it) rather than as some have been predicting, the ‘gateway’ to a park, much as what Canmore is. Is this then why the mayor and council have been pushing for annexing a significant part of Ranchland? A counter offensive so to speak? If successful, we are now to big to fail? It’s not really just about acquiring a lucrative tax base from proposed mine operations? btw/ just for the record, if I am successful in achieving the mayor’s chair and since this council has already initiated the process of annexation, and subject to an internal review of the pros and cons of this initiative by my council after which if the results of that review are truly favourable and beneficial to our municipality, I will continue with the process and endeavour to achieve these ends.
Now back to ‘dissolution’. I think we need a strong mayor and council to stand up for this community, otherwise we are phucked. I believe as some have suggested here if we are swallowed up by one or both of our neighbours we will inevitably with time die a slow death with services and facilities (few as we have) slowly cut, having no real voice anymore in how we are governed or managed. We will become a voice in the wilderness no one hears or cares about. So therefore we have to fight to save ourselves.
In this regard, when going to war you send in your most seasoned troops, battle-hardened veterans, not raw green recruits having no battle experience or old generals whose time has passed because their troops no longer have trust or faith in him. No, what is needed here is an experienced gladiator who knows how to fight, and won’t give up no matter what, until the battles and war are won.
At this time, it would be an act of foolishness and folly to treat this threat of ‘dissolution’ as anything but a serious and imminent danger to us all. Those who spend their life’s on their knees begging and groveling for grants from different levels of government for their so-called non-profit societies having already proven their ineffectiveness and ineptitude in dealing with Edmonton as a grassroots organization, nor those with little backbone in getting down and dirty in a fight because as merchants they always want to be perceived as a smiling friendly face you can trust as they pick your pocket at the check-out counter, won’t cut it either.
These kinds of people (suits) won’t and can’t do the fighting that is needed here in really standing up for our community. For that you need someone with courage who not only knows the enemy but the terrain as well, and is knowledgeable in the art of war and prepared and willing to do battle. This isn’t a war for nice guys but for guys who are anything but nice when provoked and attacked. People who when bitten don’t cower and slip away like a frightened dog, but who instead bite back. Viciously if need be, using everything in their arsenal, if necessary and warranted.
This is all I have to say on this matter of ‘dissolution’. If others have ideas or suggestions, fire away.
Vote experience, vote Prince!
One man with courage makes a majority.