Con­sider run­ning for coun­cil, says former min­is­ter, mayor

The Compass - - OPINION -

The 2013 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions are quickly ap­proach­ing. As a former min­is­ter of mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs for New­found­land and Labrador and a former mayor of Mount Pearl, I en­cour­age each and ev­ery cit­i­zen through­out the province to con­sider putting their name for­ward as a can­di­date for this ex­tremely im­por­tant level of government.

Mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil is an es­sen­tial as­pect of our com­mu­ni­ties and con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to the run­ning of our province. The great­est con­tri­bu­tion you could make to your home­town and province is tak­ing on a lead­er­ship role with your town or city. Your par­tic­i­pa­tion will make things bet­ter to­day and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to come. Mu­nic­i­pal rep­re­sen­ta­tives work closely with the res­i­dents and all other lev­els of government to en­sure we all con­tinue to have a province that pro­vides a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment for us to live, work and raise a fam­ily.

New­found­land and Labrador is un­doubt­edly one of the best prov­inces in the coun­try in many respects. This can be at­trib­uted to our com­mit­ment, our ded­ica- tion, our sin­cer­ity and our keen de­sire as a peo­ple to pro­tect this great place. Be­ing part of the move­ment that secures our fu­ture is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity that thou­sands have un­der­taken over the years.

I en­cour­age many more to ex­pe­ri­ence the same sat­is­fac­tion by serv­ing on your lo­cal government.

Mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics is all about ca­pac­ity build­ing and strength­en­ing a com­mu­nity. From ex­pe­ri­ence, I can con­fi­dently say that while the job is not easy, the sat­is­fac­tion one re­ceives is in­com­pa­ra­ble. As a mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor, mayor or deputy mayor, you have the abil­ity to ef­fect more change in a short pe­riod of time than most have in their en­tire lives. I can­not ex­press how im­por­tant it is that peo­ple step for­ward and sup­port their fel­low res­i­dents and their com­mu­nity.

This Septem­ber put your name on a bal­lot. Put your ideas out there. Be the pos­i­tive change your com­mu­nity needs. Run for mu­nic­i­pal government. Dave De­nine is a former min­is­ter of mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs

and former mayor of Mount Pearl

What has hap­pened to our sys­tem of government when the peo­ple’s money is spent to buy some­thing, whether it be a truck or build­ing, or even a study done by some qual­i­fied per­son con­cern­ing some­thing the pub­lic has done or know.

Some time ago we learned that our pro­vin­cial government was hav­ing a study done to find out what was wrong, if any­thing, with our skilled trades sys­tem. Young peo­ple spend­ing large sums of money to en­ter trades only to find out at the end that there were few peo­ple will­ing to hire those with lit­tle or no ex­pe­ri­ence.

Now the study is com­plete our pre­cious government says that they paid for it and they may not re­lease it un­less some­one is will­ing to go through the free­dom of in­for­ma­tion process. Dis­gust­ing.

Didn’t we as tax­pay­ers pay for the thing? Haven’t we as tax­pay­ers the right to know what the study found?

I ask the ques­tion: Is hav­ing a study done just an­other way to di­vert at­ten­tion away from a prob­lem for a pe­riod of time?

If we can’t get the re­sults of the study then we can only as­sume that the prob­lems still ex­ist and our government has no so­lu­tion for the prob­lems. I guess we are on a need-to-know ba­sis. The peo­ple most af­fected by this is the young per­son think­ing about their fu­ture. Give them a break. Let them know the facts and what is in the study.

Frank Evely Sr. writes from Clarke’s Beach

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.