Posted September 10, 2015
Tonight, at 5:30 p.m., the city administration will hold a meeting in the council chambers. It concerns the complaint of Susan Watson about former council candidate Glen Tolhurst receiving $400 from GrassRoots Guelph Voters Association, Inc. (GRG).
So far, this process has cost the citizens an estimated $10,000. Susan Watson hasn’t paid for anything except her Toronto lawyers. It is an exercise that borders on state-sponsored control of its own citizens.
Her allegations that GrassRoots Guelph did not have the authority to donate to Mr. Tolhurst’s election campaign, has resulted in the independent auditor finding that GRG did not contravene the Municipal Election Act.
The auditor also stated that Tolhurst did not contravene the Act.
Tonight, it’s the people’s turn to insist that Watson should pay back the public expenses spent on her now disputed claim.
This is the opportunity to protest this ill-founded attempt to discredit Glen Tolhurst and subject him to uncalled for accusations and penalties.
It’s not just about Mr. Tolhurst, it’s an attack on the rights of the citizens to organize, assemble and speak out against an entrenched regime.
We urge you to brown-bag your supper and turn out to this meeting. Let the administration know that it cannot continue to trample the rights of the people. Especially by the same personnel who were running the defeated Farbridge administration.
The suppertime calling of this meeting is designed to dissuade citizens from exercising their rights. The administration does not want you to show up.
Citizens voted for change last October but there has been little change.
As Albert Einstein once said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a better outcome.”
It’s our turn tonight to notify the administration that change is coming whether they like it or not.