By Walter Neufeld. Thanks Vince Dimanno for the excellent report – YMCA Goes Down With A Grunt.
I invite Mayor Banman, Councillors Smith, and Loewen to identify & list the so-called misinformation they claim came from the opposition.
After the proposed tax entitlement was made public, the community review process began in earnest to the chagrin of those councillors who had, by all appearances, presupposed the outcome. Contrary to the nonsensical claims of misinformation, many concerned taxpayers spent a great deal of time diligently researching the facts. And, the more facts were unearthed the worse the YMCA’s tax entitlement deal looked.That research was either published and/or emailed to the Mayor and Council for review and comment. Most councillors elected to remain disengaged and thereby undermined the very process they now claim to uphold. A few councillors engaged but their incompetence quickly sidelined them form further meaningful participation. Those councillors’ tax spending minds appear to have been made up from the outset and new facts simply would not be allowed to get in the way of that desired outcome.
Likewise, the Mayor and supportive councillors could have easily discredited the misinformation at Monday’s Executive meeting, but they didn’t.Steeped in failure, they now lash out at a community which had the courage to confront their reckless spending habits. They now claim, after-the-fact, that they could have cut a better deal, that opponents wrecked a $300 million dollar deal, and opponents besmirched an esteemed institution. Really? History and facts belie all those scurrilous inaccuracies.
It all leaves reasonable people to conclude that the accusations of “misinformation” are nothing more than the lament of bombastic, obstinate politicians who have been held to account.
It is a sad day for Abbotsford’s long-suffering taxpayers because these men appear determined to keep-on keepin’-on just because they are our elected governors, damit.
Walter Neufeld is known for his advocacy work as president of the FVRD Citizens Association and his work against the gravel industry lobby.
He also founded a group called ‘Men on Roofs’. The full name of the group is ‘Men on Roofs ask Canadian politicians to stop filching our democracy’ and they are sponsoring a series of politically charged images aimed at Canadian politicians.
Today Media regularly publishes his satirical vignettes.
Walter’s latest project is a group called ‘woMen on Roofs – Fools in office’
*Walter Neufeld was born and raised in Abbotsford. He manages a development company operating in BC and in Alberta. Walter has been a critic of the provincial government’s dysfunctional Mines Act for about 12 years. Neufeld is the president of the Fraser Valley Regional District Citizens Association (FVRDCA). Most recently, he’s critiqued both Honourable Randy Hawes and the gravel industries Aggregate Pilot Project which he believes to be a harmful private production document .