"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Monday 26 August 2013

Leadership....what is that?

I watched Doug Ford,  after the vote to  make an appointment to fill the vacancy on City Council. He made  the point about millions of dollars of  city spending being decided by a single vote.

I wondered how manyToronto  property owners would understand the significance of  what he was saying. 

Doug  and Rob Ford  are  second generation  Toronto  politicians. They may have absorbed  an understanding of   municipal politics without realising  , a new generaation exists who do not understand.

When a major decision is made, it's important for Council to be in accord,

A division in  Council  causes  discord in the community.

Council is the leader. 

If Council sends a mixed message, how can the community understand the message? 

Forty-six years ago,  when Aurora had the opportunity to create a  museum of railway history, one Council member  was opposed.

The project was abandoned. The reason was not articulated , But  it was  understood.

Such a project requires the support  and enthusiasm of the entire community. 

It cannot be controversial.

Aurora Council is  falling into a pattern of  split decisions decided by one vote.

A decision to  spend millions of taxpayer dollars  by a single vote  majority  cannot be  considered  a community decision .

Only half plus one support  it. 

When the electorate  chooses a Council,,   they  expect  something better  than  a  tug of war. Better than a score of one vote advantage. 

They expect Council  to work together  in the   best interest of  the municipality. 

That's not what they're getting. 


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, we got exactly what we voted for at the polls. Some of it we recognized, even expected, Like councillor Gaertner's stubborn refusal to address the new Mayor correctly for weeks. In other instances we were dead wrong. The entire slate talked a much better council than the one they have created.

Anonymous said...

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the Hydro Reserve Fund that was require an almost complete council approval ?