To the Editor,
Re: Facilitator hired to address internal council issues, July 2.
I too am continually angered like the mayor about council inadequacies – but by those who feel an entitlement to taxpayers’ money and throw a tantrum when it is not easily relinquished. From some on council to the self-proclaimed business leaders and special interest groups, they are the real troublemakers that a facilitator needs to put in the spotlight and tighten the noose on.
The prescription for running a good democratic government is debate. And when it involves about $200 million for council to distribute each year, I do not mind passion and some temper at the council table. There are 89,000 people in our city, but you would not know it when it comes to those lined up for taxpayer goodies and those politicians only too happy to oblige.
Arguing, raising your voice and pointing fingers surely beats the guns and tanks that are used in some countries to force the wishes of a few on the masses. The in-fighting in Nanaimo just means there is passion and conviction.