To the editor:
Unlike the Federal and Provincial elections, each candidate of a municipal election should be elected to represent the community, not a “political” ideology. The individuals you elect must show how they will make decisions based on the needs and values of residents, not the needs of any ideals set outside their community. We must never allow a formal introduction of party politics into the municipal level of government.
Allowing party politics to infiltrate our municipal government can only cause a divide in the community not unity. The mayor and council of a municipality should represent all ideological lines and all residents, make decisions based on the values of the community; not of a particular political ideology. A candidate should never be confrontational to any political party in power at the provincial or federal level. This confrontation would only hinder our community from economic prosperity and growth!
Municipalities are tasked with providing safety, services, infrastructure and facilities within its boundaries. Some of the services and budgets of Thunder Bay include: local police services, social services, water supply, stormwater drainage, roadways, waste disposal, electricity, street lighting, parking, parks and recreation, libraries, museums and community centres. These should not be set by provincial or federal or special interest group’s political ideologies.
I encourage you all to get out to the debates, seek out the candidates to ask them how they are going to ensure Thunder Bay grows and prospers as a community. What we need is a mayor and council who will look after our city’s best interest first and not that of a political party ideology!
Remember … your vote counts! If you don’t vote, you are letting others decide for you who will be your mayor and your community councilors until 2021! Be part of the solution for our community! Get out and VOTE!