Pubdate: Wed, 27 Jun 2012
Source: Nelson Star (CN BC)
Copyright: 2012 Black Press
Author: Sue Stanger


My faith in the political process has been restored - to a point, but 
I'll get to that in a moment.

Congratulations to city councillors Donna Macdonald, Deb Kozak, Paula 
Kiss and Candace Batycki for supporting the Stop the Violence BC 
campaign. You ladies had the courage to stand up, and get counted on 
an issue that affects every single one of us. Well done!

Now I get to my point. Mayor John Dooley succeed in thwarting the 
political process by cutting the lady councillors off at the knees 
when he refused to support what had been passed by council when put 
to a democratic vote.

A presentation around the issue was made with a lot of thought and 
intelligence and after an informed dialogue was supported by the four 
lady councillors. The mayor reacted very emotionally to the 
situation. He seemed to be coming from a place of fear or perhaps of 
wanting to win the next popularity contest. Did the mayor do his due 
diligence on this matter? Did he research the issues and understand 
the motion? And most importantly did he ask his people (the 
community) what they wanted?

I want to see leadership that is not about popular choice but one 
that comes from a place of knowledgeable and informed decision 
making. Not fearmongering. To me that is leadership.

Sue Stanger

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