New mayor wrong to leave Clarke without port­fo­lio

The Peterborough Examiner - - Opinion -

You can serve the cit­i­zens of Peter­bor­ough with dis­tinc­tion and marked dig­nity for years un­der sev­eral may­ors, you can be the best pre­pared mem­ber of coun­cil bar none for each coun­cil meet­ing, you can have helped man­age and con­trol the spend­ing of cit­i­zens’ hard earned money as chair­man of the fi­nance com­mit­tee with the high­est de­gree of com­pe­tence and ex­per­tise, you can over the many years have pub­licly rep­re­sented the city with cred­i­bil­ity as deputy mayor at nu­mer­ous of­fi­cial func­tions, you can al­ways have spo­ken up with calm con­fi­dence-in­still­ing re­marks, you can have de­voted a min­i­mum of four evenings each and every week and un­told week-ends for years on end to serve our com­mu­nity and its cit­i­zens – it doesn’t mat­ter. The new mayor couldn’t care less.

With un­com­mon mean-spir­ited, self­serv­ing and fal­si­fied method­ol­ogy this new Mayor Diane Ther­rien sim­ply an­nounces she has found two peo­ple bet­ter qual­i­fied with more ex­pe­ri­ence to re­place Coun. Henry Clarke as deputy mayor and fi­nance com­mit­tee chair­man and sends this fine man pack­ing. No promised in­ter­est ques­tion­naire, no promised in­ter­views. No al­ter­nate ap­point­ments. One of these crony ap­point­ments has never seen the in­side of a work­ing coun­cil room but is re­warded with an ap­point­ment as se­cond deputy mayor.” We need two now!

It is sim­ply dis­gust­ing! Ralph L. De Groot, Denure Drive

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