Trans­parency takes back­seat to growth

North Bay Nugget - - OPINION -

The fol­low­ing is in re­sponse to north Bay Mayor al Mc­don­ald’s col­umn growth widely sup­ported in north Bay.

To the ed­i­tor:

Mayor al Mc­don­ald, I read your sec­ond sub­ject growth epis­tle. once

again, long on rhetoric and short of per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion.

no words of what will drive your idea of a dra­matic pop­u­la­tion growth

in­crease. no men­tion of “refugees or im­mi­grants.” Just your word that

a ma­jor­ity of cit­i­zens agree that growth is good.

It is hard to be­lieve that both cit­i­zens and coun­cil are in favour of

growth when they know so lit­tle of what that growth en­tails? Truly,

cit­i­zens are nei­ther mush­rooms or sheep. Please try to avoid us­ing

words like “ma­jor­ity,” as many of this flock did not choose you to be their shep­herd. good lead­ers know when to let more knowl­edge­able folk carry out their wishes. It is para­mount that ex­perts, in con­junc­tion with stake­hold­ers and the pub­lic, be tasked with how to achieve this 10-year pop­u­la­tion growth un­der­tak­ing.

suc­cess is reach­ing your goal... not reach­ing a goal has al­ways been de­fined as fail­ure. strate­gic thought al­lows for the se­lec­tion of achiev­able goals. Per­haps, in a re­view of your pop­u­la­tion growth’s fea­si­bil­ity a care­ful eval­u­a­tion will re­veal more re­al­is­tic ob­jec­tives.

To use your clos­ing metaphor, af­ter row­ing in the same di­rec­tion the

crew stopped row­ing. await­ing in­for­ma­tion from their

cap­tain...cap­tain, err cap­tain? price­less.

dur­ing the 2018 may­oralty cam­paign, words like trans­parency and

open­ness were used. My wish for 2019, is to see some. happy new year.

Ephrem Gal­lant North Bay

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