Don’t call us, we’ll call you

Don’t call us

Some of my readers here may recall the mayor in his Mayor’s Corner Newsletter #67 of December 18, 2012 giving the reason for cancellation of a Jamboree for this summer as being the fault of the Ratepayer’s petition, and resulting inspection. The following letter from representatives of the Lethbridge Exhibition Park clarifies their reasoning as due to our municipality being under ‘investigation’ by Municipal Affairs. More like, don’t call us, we’ll call you.

I’m thinking, and rightfully so, this august body did not want to take a chance on having their reputation smirched by a municipality under investigation, especially due to the fact its residents en masse were behind the request. Who would want to get involved with a mayor and municipal council whose citizens want to burn them at the stake?

Thanks to a reader here at Transparency CNP the following letter has been made available to us.


So the mayor tried putting the blame on the Ratepayers when it is clear from this letter the cancellation was more a result of him and his council’s questionable and disconcerting past actions, than anything else. Shame on him!

And shame on him for blaming residents here for no TITV this year either. Having arbitrarily cancelled it last year while destroying any future possibilities of this event going forward again by killing the funding, changing the rules and locale, firing the firemen/pyrotechs and decimating the volunteer base, he has the nerve to blame residents here… for a lack of volunteerism? That just takes the cake! :-(


It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

from John Prince
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4 Responses to Don’t call us, we’ll call you

  1. Anonymous says:

    It looks like the Mayor and Council don’t need volunteers. They had it all planned, lot, stock and barrel.

    No local yokels will I need,
    I’ll hire out, to do the deed.

    I’ve told the firemen “Go Blow”,
    Just wait until they see MY show!

    Does he think he can do it all by himself? With unlimited funds from the public coffers? His arrogance amazes me. Then he blames the Ratepayers. Really. I thought I’d heard the last of “Wasn’t meeee,” when my kids moved out.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This communication raises many different questions, but two really standout.
    One, protocol and procedure – it seems few councillors are sticklers on proper procedure – when they want to embarrass one of their peers or when it is convenient for their own purposes. From the correspondence we can surmise that our council either has an “inner kitchen cabinet” made up of few councillors, or they meet and decide on things outside MGA protocol prescribed meetings. Do they keep minutes if they meet outside properly scheduled and documented meetings? Did they amend the procedural by-law to meet outside normal meetings? Can they show us how a decision was made to approach the Lethbridge Board after the Rum Runner weekend fiasco?
    The second issue raised is: The approach to the Lethbridge Exhibition Park board to help in planning an event for the Crowsnest Pass illustrates a fundamental lack of understanding HOW A COMMUNITY EVENT IS BORN. For one, you can’t order it like a “take-out meal” from another community.
    Had they met the Lethbridge people, they would have been told that if a community event does not have a dedicated group of community volunteers at its inception, then there will be no community event – plain and simple. Councillors Gallant and councillor Saindon could have told this to Mayor Bruce, after their own Rum Runner experience.
    They are lucky the Lethbridge board cancelled before our councillors and the Mayor embarrassed themselves further in front of the Lethbridge people.
    Southern Alberta is a very small pond; the people in Lethbridge are very well aware of what has transpired here.
    After failing in the last Rum Runner weekend, one can safely assume our council is now ready to wash their hands of the entire affair, and blame the whole thing on the “lack of local interest.”
    It much easier to destroy something rather than to create something, with one exception – it is much easier to create a whole bunch of new policies – than to fill few potholes.

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  4. John Prince says:

    Anon @6:56
    Exactly is right. Fair and thoughtful comment. Your summary is spot on. Thanks for sharing.


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