After much deliberation on whether I should or should not run again the decision was finally made for me last night with the release of the Municipal Inspection Report with its recommendation threat of “dissolution“.
If this community ever needed a fighter to stand up for it, it never needed it more than now.
In this regard, below is my official announcement by way of a Press Release of my candidacy for Mayor in the upcoming municipal election. If you have any idea’s, concerns, questions or just want to help my election website address can be found at the bottom of this page.
PRESS RELEASE: JOHN PRINCE
My name is John Prince and once again with strong support from family, friends, neighbours, and acquaintances, I am announcing my candidacy for Mayor of Crowsnest Pass.
As many of you know, I have already served one term as Municipal Councillor and am presently seeking election to the Mayor’s chair. My wife Diane of 43 years and I have lived in the Crowsnest Pass for almost 20 years and have developed a strong sense of community. We have both been actively involved as volunteers in many organizations throughout the Pass.
With over 20 years in the Hotel and Airline industries, I have a wealth of knowledge and management experience in Hospitality and Tourism, gained from having worked and lived over the years in four provinces. As well, I am a graduate of British Columbia Institute of Technology (B.C.I.T.) Hospitality, Tourism & Business Administration. My wife and I have spent a further 20 years as owner/managers of several small businesses in the retail sector. Until recently, I was a licensed Realtor® with CENTURY 21 here in the Pass. By year’s end, I will have reached retirement age… but I’m not quite ready yet to retire. Far from it!
Service to the community and a passion for politics along with a firm belief that there’s no point “just complaining about things, you have to do something about them” is why I am running for Mayor.
When I was a councillor I stood up and spoke up when others went along like lemmings, much as what we have now. I know most people remember me speaking up against wrong doings by the Mayor & Council at that time, but I was made out to be the bad guy because I didn’t go along with the establishment elites and what wrongs they were trying to put across to the people here. Years later, we now find out I was right and they were wrong. I wasn’t the bad guy after all, but a good guy who had stood up ahead of his time for what was right. I stood up for the people then and I will stand up for them again, especially now, with all this talk of “dissolution” in the air by the Municipal Affairs Inspector by way of our recently released Municipal Inspection Report.
I will not let myself be making deals in backrooms and I will ask the people what they want, not simply do what the elites and special interest groups here want without consulting with residents first. I have proven to you that I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will who is conscientious and honest who will work hard for the good of the community, and not just the chosen few or for my own ego.
I too am one of the majority in this community who struggle to pay their bills. I’m just like you and do not want my tax $ to go for signs & monuments. We are being nickeled-and-dimed to death with one form of taxation or another that now includes ‘Revenue Police’ (Peace Officers) patrolling our streets and highways. Meanwhile we still have potholes that need fixing and empty stores that need filling. We have imported administrators tripping over each other, themselves living the high life at our expense and we are also supporting consultants with money that should go to seniors or projects that will make our community more comfortable and ‘enjoyable’ for its residents. In this regard, renewed efforts must be made towards making our community more viable and sustainable.
I will see that locals who know the Pass and its people will be hired to administrate it and that community organizations will be allowed to use their knowledge & understanding in their chosen fields to manage their own affairs. And these volunteer organizations will be appreciated as a privilege to have in this community for the integral part they play in making our community the very best it can be.
As a community we have been in turmoil for some years now. From decades of little change and going nowhere, to in the last three years of too much unwanted change while still going nowhere. Real leadership that listens to the people, to their wants and needs with the intention of delivering on those wants and needs is what is needed here. My job, as I see it, will be to bring people and this community together again in a common effort to once more instil our ‘Mountain Freedom‘ Spirit here in the ‘beautiful’ Crowsnest Pass while at the same time retaining our integrity and independence.
My motto is “CHANGE for the BETTER… One practical step at a time.” With real leadership you can count on.
I am asking for your support and your vote in the upcoming election on October 21.
p.s. For more information about me, my platform, and what I stand for visit me at: www.johnprince.ca
Better to stand alone with truth, than in the company of lies.