I know in my last letter I talked about 2012 seems to be the year of ‘political fireworks’ and we have an occurrence of more ‘political fireworks’ and this time the focus seems to be on Councillor Dave Williams.
On the first occasion we see Councilor Williams speak outs against what seemingly is just minor details in the budget, which for the most part I haven’t really heard of or seen a councillor speak out against the mayor and other councillors publicly like that.
Secondly, we see the councillor go off and flaunt his post as a Parry Sound town councillor in a fit of anger over a $5 fee at a campground.
The first outburst didn’t really take me by surprise, because I had a feeling that deep down he wasn’t going to let things stay on with the status quo here in Parry Sound concerning the budget and how it should be done through the procedures.
As a citizen of Parry Sound I am outraged at the action of Councillor Williams losing his temper and letting his pride get the best of him and flaunting his power in a very inappropriate manner.
What really angers me about the situation even more is the fact the town had to hire an outside party to come in and make an executive decision and now we as a community have to hand over $2,600 of taxpayer money over a mistake that could have been cleared up by handing over $5.
Another fact about this situation that I find unsettling is the fact this campground where this incident took place is in Seguin Township which if you follow the local political scene is one of our partners through REDAC (Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee), which in my eyes is a black eye in the relationship between us and Seguin which if you look at it could have been resolved by paying $5.
Another startling fact about Councilor Williams’ wrong doing is the fact he directly violated his election platform from 2010 concerning regional cooperation, which to me hopefully opens our eyes next election to really what kind of candidate he really is and why we should put our trust in him as our elected representative for another four-year term.
In closing, I admit I do like the fact he apologized publicly about the incident that happened, however I admit I carry the same vales as Councillor Williams.
But I feel as though mentioning those values was not quite the place or time for that in the article, especially when we as a community are still in debt and our taxes have gone up again and now we have this sour taste in our mouths of losing $2,600.
In my opinion, this whole incident infuriates me to no end and I hope the reality of these events really make us think who we want in office come December 2014.