Voters wanted change and got it, so time to move on
RE: COUNCIL GETS FIRST TASTE OF THERRIEN'S MAYORAL STYLE, EDITORIAL, DEC. 5
Give it a rest, your buddies or at least most of them lost the election, the five outsiders appealed to the electorate. Clarke can now be the outsider trying to gain traction just like the previous outsiders did.
I don't know if the sale to Ontario Hydro is good or bad; too much of it was done behind closed doors and many terms seem to be too vague. Once they own the asset who is responsible for what? If Peterborough widens a road who pays for the relocation of the lines? This new district office, what is the timeline, guarantee or penalties if they renege?
The Examiner seems to have an axe to grind. They have historically, like all newspapers, been anti-union thus the comment about Keith Riel being pro. Others seem to question the experience of some but as I recall Daryl Bennett had no experience, neither did Dan McWilliams and both managed to get through their gaffes. We even hired an assistant to help Bennett. He has since morphed into a political writer for the Examiner. So if we have two deputy mayors to aid in the governing big deal, less cost.
As for Paul Ayotte or Sylvia Sutherland, Peterborough has always been a hallmark arena for the good boys' club. Henry
Clarke carried his ward, obviously those voters liked him, but he chose not to run for mayor so he is where he is. If he was in my ward I probably would have voted for him and he might have won as a mayoral candidate.
If a few of the more senior Peterborough managers and supervisors were forced to face the electorate based on their performance I think there would be a major shakeup of the good boys club.
If this new council asks Peterborough's employees to re-justify past decisions, I as a taxpayer respect it and the past election indicates that is what was voted for. A. Harron, McDonnel St.