Two more wannabe’s join the fray


Last week, at the monthly general meeting of the Ratepayers Association, two more candidates stepped forward to put their names on the list of wannabe councillors for our upcoming municipal election.

They are Marlene Anctil and Doreen Glavin, both of whom presently sit on the Ratepayer executive board. Well known and tenacious individuals who do not have their tongue in their pocket (wouldn’t this be a welcome relief from the ‘Yes Men’ we have now).

This is good news. Marlene and Doreen now join Ed Strembecki, Dean Ward and Sasha JaegerBaird as declared candidates for a position on council.

Now let me say for the record that it is my hope that these individuals who are ^not^ presently sending in letters to the editor or writing on blogs using their own name will start doing so. Using social media or any other forum to declare your positions, taking a stand, letting residents know where you are coming from is important and should not be left until the last minute. Its important that residents here get a good sense beforehand of what you are all about, and the sooner the better.

I for one will be very reluctant to vote for anyone (irregardless if they are personally a household name) who waits until the last day (nomination day (Sept. 23)) to declare, and then hides behind a two minute opening speech at our typically one and only election forum and answers at best maybe a couple of questions both at this said forum and in the newspapers Q&A section. I do not want to be hoodwinked again. I want to know who I’m voting for, and why. Hopefully, my readers this time around don’t want to be either.

So for those who have already declared and for those thinking about it don’t lollygag, get with it, and start making a name for yourselves and give us a reason why we should vote for you? Some are already doing this using social media, others take stands publicly at Ratepayer meetings and this is good, but more is needed and wanted. Waiting until the last minute does yourself and our community a disservice and will I think this time around only hurt your chances.

Besides, if you’re too scared to stand up now what makes you think you’ll be able to do it later, or that we’ll care? Now’s your chance to test the waters, get a feel for public life and gauge for yourself whether or not you feel capable and willing to serve your community in an official capacity. It is also our chance to get educated by you. Edumacate us. Keep in mind that philosophical differences are good and should be aired and clearly stated so the voters have some choice.

Know this though, the job won’t be easy. Our municipality is in a mess right now, including our finances. It looks like our costs have gotten out of control which very well may hamper or hobble our future. Our illustrious leaders instead of working from day one to increase revenues (exclusive of solely digging into our pockets) and productivity have instead chosen to increase costs and saddle us with a top heavy administration in the process. It seems this council’s philosophy has been one of increased government, no matter what. This will need to be rectified, changes will need to be made, prior actions rescinded, reorganization taken, and rebuilding of our volunteer base and community spirit must also be at the top of the list of things that will have to be done.

There will be a lot work ahead, and workers we will need to set things straight again. If you feel up to the task then lets hear from you. Make yourself known and start speaking up, for we are all dying to hear from you. Be the change you want to see in the Pass. It starts with you!

In closing, let me just say people here need to start taking municipal politics as seriously as they do provincial and federal. They need to do there homework. This time around we don’t need to be voting for a name not knowing the man or woman. Voting for a Mr. Nice Guy, who’s jovial and a glad-hander is not what we need again at this time when we’re going through difficult times. What’s needed is someone who is both experienced and qualified to deal with some of the major issues affecting people’s lives here. Someone joined by a team of like-minded, yet independent thinking individuals, who have a passion for this community and its people, whether they be long-time residents or newcomers.

We can’t give up on each other. A marriage of sorts has to take place here “A ‘perfect marriage’ is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.” Know that none of us is perfect, we all have faults, so don’t be shy and step forward. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Take that first step by standing up and speaking out and join the others who have already done so, on a journey to makes things better in our little part of the world.


The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

from John Prince
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11 Responses to Two more wannabe’s join the fray

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very nicely said. Thanks John.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You have not yet thrown your hat into the ring.
    I voted for you last time and I will vote for you again this time assuming you run.I have even tried to endorse you a couple of times over the last few weeks.But I must say that you have an image problem.If you want to be elected you had better get out there and convince people that you are not that “hot headed, nut job” guy that you are perceived as.Maybe you need to get an endorsment from someone well respected in this community or from a certain paper to throw their support behind you.Or maybe you have to knock on every door in the CNP and show people your passion but also your level headeness.As things are today I do not think you could win a 3 Mayor canidate race.You would beat the current mare head to head but thats it.Someones slogan is “image is everything”.and I think you need to change yours as it is perceived today.
    I am not trying to be hurtful in any way.I wish you the best of luck.

  3. John Prince says:

    Anon @9:21
    Someone said here not to long ago (I think it might have been Peter Rosner) that Pass residents have long memories. Long on smear, short on fact, I think would be a more accurate description. That’s what a certain media can do to those they see as a threat to the world they have build around them. Many people here live in their world and are lead around like sheep by them. There seems to be no hope for these people, and therefore they continue to get more of the same old same old ‘good government’.

    Maybe if more of them would visit this blog they’d get a different picture of who I really am and what I stand for, and therefore what a great advocate for their and this community’s interests I would make. Then maybe they would get their eyes open to the lost opportunity they have sacrificed these many years because of buying into self-serving propaganda by those who have their own interests and agenda in mind, and not theirs.


  4. John Prince says:

    Anon @9:21
    I forgot to thank you. Thank you for sharing in a thoughtful, open, honest and meaningful way your thoughts with me. I will certainly be taking much of what you said under consideration as I continue to deliberate on the pros and cons of throwing my hat in the ring, once again.

  5. Anonymous says:

    DEAR JOHN don’t change a thing. You are perfect the way you are to run that show. Those elected councillors will decide if they let you do whatever you want. As a Mayor you are just the mouth piece for the council. The power comes only if the rest of the council agrees with you. The majority of the vote this is the absolute final decision. Look in all the other communities when a MARE got in heat it’s because he did something on his own. If it comes to the front they were all wrong. You can get away with MURDER if no one reports you. The thing that is bad is the RATEPAYERS should resign before running for Council. You can’t watch yourself it just doesn’t work, if you’re doing a good job where you are stay there. Your community needs a good watch dog more that they need a councillor. You just can’t be on both sides of the fence and convince the public you have everything under control. That’s exactly what is happening to us now. Do you like it? Don’t place yourself in a situation where you would have to question your conscience. Should I go for this devil or that devil? What is the difference they’re both devils.

  6. Rob Bernshaw says:

    Hey John well written and it is great that you are telling people to get a move on to declare and not sit on the fence until the last minute like a lot of people do and expect to get in on their good looks. Wait a minute that is what happens a lot of time the people get in on a populrity vote. We need more people to stand up get their name out there in order for us to find out what they are about. But a few sound bytes a few months before municipal elections don’t always cut the mustard so to speak. As I have mentioned in some of my columns we the people need to get to know the canadidates not only at election time but also to get to know their integrity and character and hopefully they have the same integrity and character after the election results are in as before the elections even took place. If I were in the Pass I would vote for you John as we need more people that say it the way it is but the issue it seems right now is people that drink the political kool-aide being sold enjoy the sweetness over the truth. Hopefully there will be a change in all the municipalities in the way the elected representatives conduct themselves. That would be more towards the constituents than any sort of self interest agenda that might present itself.

  7. Anonymous says:

    anonymous March 28

    Why should a candidate for council or mayor resign from the ratepayers. A ratepayer works for the common good and so should a candidate with their priorities being that they intend to work for the taxpayer and the community with no hidden agenda or person agenda. Rethink your thoughts.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think you can be on both either. You are policing yourself. Enough of that already.

  9. John Prince says:

    Well said. People getting into office because of a pretty smile, being all fluff and no substance, or riding on the coat tails of a wave like what we saw with the NDP in Quebec in the last federal election does not necessarily equate to good representation. In fact, it’s almost a certainty a recipe for disaster.

    Like you said we need to get to know our candidates beforehand, their character, their integrity, what makes them tick so that we can make an informed choice.

    Again, good comment Rob and thanks for stopping by and I wish you did live here so I could get your vote, for it would be a vote worth getting. Take care!


  10. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous 9 02
    If you can ‘t figure that out by yourself you should not be at either place you have to be on the inner circle and part of the problem.The same face in power at to many place is asking for trouble.All those smart ass who belive there the only one to be in power always turn in to desapointe you than don’t give them the apportunity.Over 5000 people why 2 3 seats of power for the same person.YOU don’t have to be educated or smart or intelligent to run for Council You have to be 19 in town for 6 months and know how to hire a connsultant just look back on the last 2 years.A good trick to use is secret votes some of those sheple they waite and copy another voter better waste your vote than copy a bad one.There are many way to fool those dead beat in becoming usefull.You seat there for the voters what the majority of the voters want the MARE the councillors can stick there head in a pile of manure the voters pay the BILLS.Give them what they want.

  11. peter rosner says:

    “One MAN/WOMAN cant serve two masters”. I see a conflict of interest brewing—-(confidentiality) Basically you have to pick where you stand. The ratepayers have some good people who could work out to be fine councillers. As far as other people putting their name out there i think most are waiting to see the results of the municipal affairs audit. Just because your first out the gate doesnt mean you will win the race.

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