You mean the one-term mayor who was turfed out on her ass by a raw political rookie?
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 9 April 2016 at 23:16
The raw political rookie had a lot of help. About evenly divided between the previous Mayor's performance and those who watched in horror, powerless to stop it until the election.
Re-election was hardly due to the rookie's stellar performance in his first term. It was never going to be easy but he didn't even try.
It's tempting for a candidate to believe voters recognize superior ability. It's hardly likely.Voters will give a rookie a shot providing there's an opening. In this instance, it wasn't an opening ,it was a crisis.
The norm is for incumbents to be re-elected Rookies are given a chance to show their mettle.
The turn-out in the last election was poor. The oft-heard complaint was lack of choice between Mayoralty candidates.
The challenger was the residual from the previous gang of six.
The incumbent had never accepted responsibility as head of Council. He looked after himself and himself alone.
We have a new CAO selected by this Council, presumably based on full credentials.
Yet nothing changes.
The Mayor voted correctly on the Mavrinac land. It was bought improperly from cash-in-lieu parks fund. The Master Recreation Plan has established parks in the neighbourhood are better than adequate and further recommends the land should be sold and funds restored to the Reserve fund for intended use.
Despite expert advice on his side, the Mayor failed to lead Council in the right direction. He seemed content to cast an independent vote.
It's not good enough.
The Mayor's role is spelled out in the Municipal Act. "Provide leadership,and guidance to Council"
As representative at the Region, the Mayor is not subject to Aurora Council's direction. His vote is subject to his own judgement.
He repeatedly allows his authority to be challenged by Council without offering the rational to properly guide them.
In his first term, the Mayor secretly attended closed meetings with the private corporation created by the previous council to control newly renovated Church Street school. The solicitor advised him
against the practise. He chose to betray the trust of council and the community he represents
and look after his own political interest instead.
Being a rookie in the sixth year of office is neither an excuse nor a defense.