November 12, 2014
On October 27, the people of Guelph voted for change and they got it with a new mayor and members of council.
But among the progressive elite, there is no acceptance of the facts. The election is over and the people have spoken.
In recent letters to the editors in both papers, the woeful whines of the Farbridge progressives, post election results, brings despair and loss of identity to them as Canadians. Why? One progressive started out by saying, over the past ten years, his identity had been negatively altered on the world stage. Really? That sounds very heavy and dramatic.
The writer says that his residence in Guelph offered a bastion of light amidst the surround darkness. Holy Hannah! Who knew Canada was surrounded by eternal darkness? If you listen to NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair enough you might agree with him.
Now, the writer launches into the familiar progressive laundry list of achievements including such green initiatives as adding kilometers of bike lanes, presorting and recycling garbage, Market Square, traffic calming, water and hydro conservation, enhancing the downtown, splash pool at city hall, protecting our rivers and natural spaces.
Sorry pal, but the counter arguments to those so-called, self-serving achievements, was settled at the ballot box. The election is over and a new council is charged with restoring public trust in its city government.
What the writer describes as forward thinking is a synonym for exercising power behind closed doors and refusing to be accountable. Is that progressive?
The writer neglects to explain why his description of green initiative includes imposing a $15 million waste collection system on the city that fails to pick up garbage at more than 13 per cent of the city households and businesses.
Throw in the $35 million spent of an organic-waste processing facility in which the capacity is three times the needs of the City of Guelph for the next 20 years.
Or the failure of basic management by the progressive-dominated council led by defeated Mayor Karen Farbridge, that fired the general contractor from the new City Hall construction site before the contract was completed.
Result is an estimated $21 million in damages that is dead money. Wasted because of the incompetence of a progressive regime. Yet, even in defeat, the Farbridge majority refuses to reveal the hidden costs of this misadventure.
Then, to the consternation of the electorate, the Mayor says the Urbacon settlement costs, will not cause an increase in property taxes. Instead the money would come from three reserve funds not related to the unanticipated legal costs. To add insult to people’s intelligence, the reserves would be replenished in five years (with property tax revenues).
And you progressives wonder why the people reacted the way they did?
If anyone is operating in the dark, it is this die-hard group of financially challenged progressives who apparently can’t add, can’t subtract and can’t forecast a budget. And the Farbridge dominated council proved that time and again during its eight years of mismanagement.
Let the enlightenment shine among all citizens of Guelph and let the new council do its important work, without threats of vote splitting, even before the new gang takes office.
The people didn’t vote for obstructionism, they voted for responsible change and performance.
Now that’s not hard, is it?