Candidates Public Forum
The Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce Election Forum itinerary for Monday September 27, is here.
I heard on the news yesterday that Calgary and Toronto are having on average 3-4 election forums daily, whereas the good people here in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass are forced to settle for having only one… for the duration of the whole election. And that one and only election forum, is three whole weeks before residents actually go to the polls.
With everything that has transpired here in our municipality over the last three years, and with 22 candidates vying for seven positions on council, one has to wonder how much if anything can be accomplished in a 2 hour all-candidates forum? Especially this time around, when according to the itinerary candidates won’t even be allowed to do an opening speech but instead will have to settle for maybe being asked a question or two followed by a 1.5 minute closing speech. Not much time to get to know your candidates is it? Especially disadvantaged, I think, are the new ones running for the first time, who not too many people know or have even heard from before.
Today, I heard with all the commotion of late with the school board over the busing issue the two sitting trustees got in by acclamation? Is democracy dead here in the Crowsnest Pass? For all intents and purposes it sure looks that way, regardless of the record number of candidates running in this year’s municipal election.
We have a situation here that reeks of both establishment interference with our democratic process, and voter apathy. From not being able to question properly the current mayor and council’s actions over this past term with respect to such fundamental issues such as transparency, fiscal responsibility, accountability and due diligence, to Bridgecreek/River Run, etc. to unfair advantages (because of the process) being given to incumbents and former councillors, along with insufficient time and opportunity to properly evaluate a virtually unknown establishment type individual running for the top position in our municipality, to a community at large being dictated to by a few, and thereby settling for a farcical election process.
The above is how accidents and disasters happen. Is this community about to suffer another accident… or disaster? I hope not! Do your part to make sure it doesn’t…
The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.