Veni, Vidi, Vici.
From what I’ve been told, that’s exactly what I did last night at the Mayoral Forum. As one of my commenters just said in my last post, “John, I thought you did very well tonight and proved it is not just a 2 man race.”
For those who were unable to attend below you will find my opening and closing speeches. For those like Ginger, Siegfried and Barbara, to name a few, who were able to attend thanks for being there! :-)
You know, you would think with my having been up here four times already beginning in 2001 that I would be the most prepared of the lot here, but I’m not. I’m the least prepared, and that will probably become obvious as the evening progresses. Whereas my opponents have had a week or more to get ready, I’ve only had today. That’s because up to last night it was my intention not to participate in this debate for the simple reason I felt it would be a waste of time, as the die was caste so to speak.
What I mean by that is I could stand up here and speak about my educational and career experience in what this community needs more of in the area of Hospitality & Tourism, or my 20 years spent with my wife as owner operators of several businesses in the retail sector, or my time as a Realtor in this town, as well as my knowledge and experience as a former municipal councillor, or my visions, plans and hopes for this community, but you know, for too large a segment of the population here all that don’t matter. What matters to these people is whether or not I was born here. That is the only qualification they are looking for.
Let me give you an example, last election people here gave a landslide victory for the most part to a name, not knowing the man, an untried person in the political arena, but still a hometown boy, while passing on both an incumbent councillor and a former councillor (moi) who were considered newcomers. From all accounts we’re in for more déjà vu in that the perceived front runner again is an untried person with an incumbent mayor and former councillor about to be discarded like so much trash in order that once again a home town boy is placed in the mayor’s chair, whether he is deserving or not.
Now I ask you, is this a recipe for disaster, or what? Are some people here so insecure, so insular, you are prepared once again to, this time with dissolution in the air, to risk ALL because you want to keep it in the family, so to speak?
We’ve seen what happened to this community with this last council of new school ways of thinking, and we know what led up to this with decades of old school ways of thinking and doing things, only to have yet another untried old school mayoral candidate wanting to take us all back in time to where things worked fine for the privileged few, but not for the vast majority.
With my candidacy I am offering an alternative to new school and old school ways of thinking and behaving, and that is what I call the ‘middle way’. The middle way is where we take the best of both the old and the new and combine them into one. The oneness of the Crowsnest Pass. The bringing together of long-time residents and newcomers into one unified force where all are treated equally and fairly, as what one expects to find within a family. We are family; the time for feuding cousins is over. The middle way sees to this.
Believe it or not, I want to talk about John Diefenbaker for a minute. I’m sure, everyone remembers John Diefenbaker our former Prime Minister. But how many of you know old Dief at the beginning of his career in politics had to run 5 times before he was finally elected. Five times…. Pause…. By the way, this is my 5th time. Just saying. I wouldn’t want you guys to feel responsible for my breaking Dief’s record. :-)
Seriously folks, I’ve lived here almost twenty years, three of which I served on council, in which time I got to meet and know more people, because of my position in that time, that would of taken another person 30 or more years to do likewise. I believe this experience has given me the knowledge and wisdom to understand and appreciate both sides of the fence, both worlds, of where long-time residents and newcomers alike are coming from. I believe this unique understanding and acquired appreciation along with my proven track record in standing up for this community is what is so desperately needed at this critical time. I am the middle way.
With ‘dissolution’ hanging over our heads, with Edmonton tired of our antics and now in possession of a report from their consulting firm of Farmer & Associates we need to protect ourselves with strong leadership having experience, knowledge, education (including my field of specialization, the school of hard knocks), and judgment, to see us through the coming months and years ahead.
To some people, I may come across as a rude, crude, dude, with attitude, but the truth is I truly believe that’s what this community needs right now. It certainly doesn’t need more suits. No, I’m the medicine this community needs that tastes bad but is good for you.
On October 21st I ask for your support and your vote. I ask that you have faith in your future by putting faith in me. I won’t let you down and I won’t disappoint. That you can take to the bank!
Comment: Will my having gone make a difference enough to change the outcome of this race, I don’t know? What I do know is I gave it my best and that’s all anyone can do. The rest is up to the gods…. and a fickle public.
Vote experience, vote Prince!
Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
from John Prince