Councillor Gallant refutes candidates statements

Councillor refutes statements

Because of the format of the Council Candidates Forum many statements were made by some candidates which fly in the face of the facts, so says Councillor Brian Gallant.

With an eye to fairness and because individual candidates were not always given the opportunity for rebuttal I am posting a link to Brian’s blog below where he refutes some of the statements made and endeavours to clear up some of these supposed errors or misconceptions.

If other council candidates wish to submit their rebuttals to what transpired the other evening feel free to send me your information for publication here. In the meantime, here is what Brian had to say:

A Few Facts

I see Dean Ward also has some facts on Franchise Fees which can be read here.


There are no facts, only interpretations.

from John Prince
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29 Responses to Councillor Gallant refutes candidates statements

  1. Anonymous says:

    Really informative. Thank you John.

  2. Anonymous says:

    May give so,e of the “facts according to Brian” but you,will note several Caveats at the end of,several points saying ” Heah, even though this happened under my term, I was not necessarily in agreement with it”. So the first thing he will do is recommend this or that if reelected.

    The Fire Department issue was the beginning of the problems we face. If the NFPA standard is NOT REQIURED in Alberta then why is it such an issue. The supposed streamlining of the fire department does not give us a dollar break in insurance. Can anyone confirm this. In closing, Brian emphasizes consciencesepartment issue and I say ” thou does protest too loudly”; there is more to it than he says. Guilty conscience?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Personally, I don’t believe anything that this council says or writes. They muddy the waters in the hopes we can’t see the truth. The truth of the matter is … they divided the Pass the minute they let all the firemen go. They can pussyfoot around it and say the firemen weren’t fired and all that crap, but all it would have taken was a meeting with council and the firemen and all could have been resolved without this bitterness that has destroyed our community. That one decision affected each and every one of us in some way or another. As if that wasn’t enough, they went on to get rid of a multitude of other fine volunteers we had too. This whole bunch should be banished from council and we should start with a clean slate, in my opinion. Everyone is saying we need to keep some old councillors for the experience but experience like theirs, we don’t need.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “They can pussyfoot around it and say the firemen weren’t fired and all that crap, but all it would have taken was a meeting with council and the firemen and all could have been resolved without this bitterness that has destroyed our community. That one decision affected each and every one of us in some way or another.”

    How true. It’s like a sliver under our skin, that is still festering to this day. Hopefully, with Oct 21, it can be removed, and we can start to heal……..hopefully……

  5. Anonymous says:


    Exactly when did they let all the firemen go? Before or after they all resigned?

    Some blame should go to the organizer(s) of the mass resignation. They should have stepped forward and showed true leadership.

  6. Anonymous says:

    In a democracy you cannot “banish” people. We all get to vote, that is the way it works….
    The people themselves destroyed the community – if that was all it took it was not too strong to begin with.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I did not make that post to reopen the well-debated argument about the firemen. The message I was trying to portray was that action by council divided our community and caused feelings that will be hard to overcome. Just wanted to clarify …

  8. Anonymous says:

    “Some” blame, no a lot of blame.

  9. Anonymous says:

    mass resignation……..mass protest……..”there are no facts, only interpretations.”

  10. Anonymous says:

    The BEST comment of the day!!
    Experience like theirs,we don’t NEED..>>Out the door that way>>>>>>
    and don’t come back.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Just want to “clarify”. It was also the action by the firemen that divided our community. Can’t blame all one side.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This council operated with a one man “Agenda Committee.” And they let this one man run the show. If you read Farmer’s report he mentions councilors must not instruct CAO without council resolution. Does anyone believe Farmer was referring to Larry or Jerry?

    We don’t need this kind of experience on Council. Larry did say the Mayor spoke for all of them in his newsletters.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Nobody let the firefighters go. They all quit. When the town didn’t call their bluff and let them back, they started crying.

    Their pied piper was Blair Painter. He was the one behind the walkout as a protest to the firing of his buddy Jamie Margetak.

    Never forget that.

  14. Anonymous says:

    The fire department was completely restructured and revamped from the bottom up and now it’s time to do the same thing with council. This is our chance to start the healing process in our community. Shut the door on the past actions, whoever we think is to blame, and move forward.

  15. Anonymous says:

    2:05 maybe the weasel words of the present councel are what you wanted to hear but they are far from the truth. The firing was in response to the snub of decoux by not going in the parade. In truth there were letters waiting for every member of the fire departments saying they were no longer needed and could re apply later.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I asked Brian:

    “…this reduction in costs was also verified in the recent Farmer Report.”

    Did they verify it? As I read it they merely quoted the budget, which is based on the incredible figure of $219,000 wages and benefits for Fire and Rescue.

  17. Anonymous says:

    How would firefighters respond to a fire if they had no pager to let them know an emergency was happening? They quit,end of story.

    My commercial insurance policy was reduced by $300 after I notified them of the change in our safety rating. If you don’t believe your insurance rates might also drop, then don’t make that 5 minute call. Suit yourself.

  18. Anonymous says:

    My commercial insurance did not go down, and I was more than five minutes on the phone. I encourage everyone to make that phone call. Gallant’s facts are very selective.

  19. Anonymous says:

    All insurance company’s are different anyways. Lots of people pay more or less for the same insurance depending on who you are with.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Just tell your broker about the change in the level of our fire protection and ask if you can get a discount because of this change. A simple question.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Yes we have a new fire department. It costs more for sure but what happens when the provincial grants to support the new structure stop. Are the newly qualified NFPA firemen going to solve that?

    Same for the Administration. The mayor passes the blame off to “them” yet cannot recpgnize that the present administration HE CREATED is not affordable by this
    community. He is VERY selective in using the various Reports to his advantage. Cuff was not his favorite report yet he used it as an excuse to redo the fire department after his consultant Robin came onto the scene. The Inspection report was selectively pruned to justify some of his decision yet he totally ignores the other side of it that really slams him and his council and administration for how the municipality is run.

    Wake up folks. This guy is not the continuing solution to our problems, nor is the present council. Time for a change of people. Weren’t the movers and shakers in the present council NEW when they were elected. We can survive a wholesale change much earlier than we think. Get that broom out and sweep it clean in that municipal building on October 21.

  22. Anonymous says:

    To 9:15, um, no.

  23. Anonymous says:

    To 19:15, you are absolutely right. This current council has many more negatives than positives.

  24. Anonymous says:

    to 9:15
    clean sweep

  25. Anonymous says:

    Clean sweep…. then you’re left with a council of losers like Kovach…. Dean Ward… Shar… Sasha…

    Better the losers we have in office now.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Agree 11:56.
    Be careful what you wish for!

  27. Anonymous says:

    If we vote the present birds back in we know what we will get. An absolute financial ruin in for years. I would rather vote for people who know basic math. We simply can’t afford this high level policy work which has no connection to basic economic fundamentals. I voted for them, they have proved me wrong, so I will not vote for them again. This is the beauty of free elections.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Anon 11:56am. Looks like all we have to vote for is losers according to you. I’ll take a chance on the new loser group any day. This group will at least work together and we now have a dictator who is unequipped to be mayor. A minus minus a minus is plus, I think. Let’s go for the new group.

  29. Anonymous says:

    4:35 “This group will at least work together and we now have a Dictator who is unequipped to be Mayor” That is the problem they manipulate too good together (you call it work) you end up with yes men or sheep. We need a good opposition that ask questions, good councillors that come up with answers and a good overall COUNCIL that questions those answers and votes on them with the best interest of the Public in mind. Simple, do the job properly then NO problems. The only way you will get that is if you vote for JOHN. The other two have already proven that they Can’t deliver. What are we waiting for????

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