Causing one to be Blackballed is the Flip side of the same coin
Its like you said before John they appreciate you as long as you are a tool for their message. When you allowed others to express their opinion through that one post some of the ratepayers turned on you instantly. Now you know the type of people you are dealing with. Ironically these same individuals accuse this council of the exact behaviour they exhibit themselves. (emphasis mine). I dont know you you are refering to but they sound like hypocrites to me. I didnt apreciate that particular post either as i felt some good people were being judged pretty harshly but it does give a person food for thought. As we are beginning to see we may be better off with the devil we know.
Recent events have transpired since my The Good, Bad and Ugly of the CNP Fire Department post that make me feel that I am presently being blackballed and shunned by some members of the Crowsnest Ratepayers Association Executive who taking offense have been to cowardly it seems to say anything to my face, and dare not say anything here on this blog using their own name (much like our councillors), but who apparently feel free to besmirch my name and character in secret, behind closed doors, so to speak.
Am I a threat to your future political aspirations, I ask these people? To caste dispersions about my loyalty and commitment to the Ratepayers Association (past and present) is to be blind to both the facts and to reality. I know some of you were around when through my whole term on council I stood shoulder to shoulder with Fred Pyke and George Sturkenboom when I was on council. Was it not I in front of 500 people at the Hillcrest Hall who asked that council, including myself, resign? Was it not I who with my wife stood with protest signs in front of our municipal hall and at MDM a few weeks back? Damn right it was!
Above are the things I have done on behalf of residents here whether they be Ratepayers or not. Now the things I won’t do is put my tongue in my back pocket, refuse to listen to the other side of any debate, argument or issue, or blindly follow without question those who advocate doing those things I just said I won’t do. I’m nobody’s flunky!
I believe if your argument has merit it will stand on its own. If your cause is just it will stand the test of examination and scrutiny. To fear otherwise, is to betray your own cause and to cast doubts on your aspirations. To blame others for causing you these fears and doubts is foolishness and stupidity incarnate. To cause one of your own to be blackballed is inexcusable behaviour unworthy of this organization.
Now is this how the Ratepayers executive wants to be known as people like our mayor and councillors who conduct business behind closed doors in secret, who reach consensus on given issues and people without giving them a chance to either defend themselves or to have any input in their decision making process. Damned by innuendo!
You got something to say, then come out in the open and say it. Isn’t that what we have been demanding from council: openness and transparency? Not backroom deals of intrigue and character assassination, in order to further ones political aspirations?
In this regard, members of the Ratepayers executive should come out and publicly state whether they will be running or not in the next election, so that residents here will know which ones are already on the election campaign trail. And which ones are obviously using dirty tricks to achieve their goal of sitting in the chairs of those they are so obviously eager to replace, and those they fear may be their competition, or whom they do not want to see as mayor or on council. If you are going to use your position to push your political agenda (against me), then I will use my blog to expose you for who and what you are.
As an aside, I say some of this because I’m still pissed off at the fact that at the Hillcrest Miner’s Club (the day when we had the protest march in front of municipal hall) in front of over a hundred people and MLA Pat Stier a vote was taken by the membership to go to petition seeking the removal of mayor and council, and the heads of administration. Only for the executive, and after the fact, arbitrarily deciding the petition would ask for intervention only (which I believe was a terrible mistake)? This to me is how our present council operates. Vote for one thing and get something else.
Are Ratepayers the flip side of the same coin?
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.