Leave democracy to the people

I was at first disbelieving, then I was after a time, amused and then in the end I became disturbed and cynical

Regarding Leadership for Campbell River Committee /When Passion is Not Enough.

I was at first disbelieving, then I was after a time, amused and then in the end I became disturbed and cynical when thinking about this group of, well, I guess you could call them concerned citizens, who have appointed themselves the power behind the Leadership For Campbell River Committee.

In life, I have learned that everything is a metaphor for something and this group is like the Roman Senate searching for it’s very own Cincinnatus…(Google it and learn)…to come riding in on a white stallion to give us all direction and purpose in our lives and save us from ourselves and the mediocrity of the democratic system. Cincinnatus became, in the end, a dictator.

I’m picturing this lot, as they were making up the list of requisites for a successful candidate, eyeing each other up and down and reaching an unspoken consensus that none of them, could actually meet any or all of the seven characteristics in the profile either…how sad is that?

In his narrative, “We’re not backing a soul,” says Stamp, the head pro filer. “Completely non-partisan,” says he, and oh yes “we’ll be presenting this to the Rotary Clubs.” He didn’t say they would be visiting any Labour Council organizations so I guess anyone caught left leaning need not hope to apply.

To quote Stamp, “We are hoping that somebody having a coffee will say, ‘I wouldn’t mind doing that.’”

Some will say, “If only I didn’t have a job and kids to feed and a mortgage, I could do this. I could become a CEO of a business that makes no profit and has no shareholders, and set my own pay scale..oh wait… it’s municipal government..it’s not actually a business and besides…we have self appointed committees to tell us what we need and who to elect. I won’t even have to think about ethics or any of that  inconvenient stuff.”

As to the listed profile, the only two requirement left off were that your mother be a virgin and you must be able to walk across Discovery Passage in a Sou’Easter.

The unstated requirement is that you have to be able to follow orders after the election is over and the chain is around the neck…literally.

I have to wonder if some of the past office holders could meet the muster these people have laid out.

How did the likes of  Tom Barnett, Hugh Campbell, Bob Ostler, Mary Ashley and Jim Lornie even found their way up to City Hall with out the help of this Leadership Selection Committee?

How in hell did we get along without them when we chose those people who became our key citizens?

You have to hand it to them folks, they got chutzpa (that’s unmitigated effrontery).

Reality check people – if you don’t like being mocked, stop behaving stupidly.

The fact that you have the unmitigated gaul to publicly propose this is really beyond credibility.

You are self appointed authorities in nothing, let alone in determining how we should govern ourselves and existence of this committee and your participation in it reflects a very disturbing ignorance, arrogance and hubris.  Park your egos and go back to doing your jobs and leave democracy to the people.

Robert E. Kaiser,

Campbell River

Just Posted

‘Priceless’ hat stolen from Indigenous art store in Campbell River during break-in

Ernie Smith, co-owner of Awatin Aboriginal Art, looking for help in recovering stolen hat

BC Hydro increasing flow down Elk Falls to assist steelhead migration and spawning

Water flows within Elk Falls Canyon are increasing today to assist steelhead… Continue reading

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

InspireHealth workshop in Campbell River supports those with cancer

The free event takes place at Berwick by the Sea on Feb. 2

Habitat for Humanity North Island wants to keep momentum going

Organization asks City of Campbell River for more land to build homes for young families

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Most Read