Volume 92, Issue 27

Thursday, October 22, 1998

mark's going to jail


Incompetent office

Competency and trust are two important things to have when you are the governing body of a city. Too bad London Mayor Dianne Haskett and London city councillors presently don't possess either.

Haskett has consistently proven herself to discriminate, as supported by a Human Rights Commission order which lead to the removal of the responsibility of proclamations from the mayor's hands into those of the city clerks.

Now, another move has been made towards the removal of power from Haskett, as Monday's council meeting saw a vote declare the creation of an unelected body to scrutinize the events and functions Haskett supports.

While these two decisions were meant to rectify the problems of Haskett's discriminatory actions, they also served as bright red lights which should alert Londoners as to the incompetency of their mayor.

It's bad enough to have a mayor which has to be babysat so she doesn't offend anyone or make a judgement error. Members of city council, which only days ago voted in favour of the group which would basically police Haskett's decisions, have now stated they would like another vote, as they were ill-informed on the issue when voting the first time.

Now, if the role of council is to make decisions regarding important city matters, shouldn't they be confident in their voting choices? Is this how other decisions are made – yes and no votes just thrown out randomly without a close examination of the facts? One would hope not.

Some councillors have changed their minds because they are afraid of the mayor's strong public support. What kind of democracy is being used in city council if councillors are bullied into decisions? The issue is therefore turned into a struggle for power and a contest to see who is whose best friend. It sounds like a childish taking of sides rather than an informed, intelligent decision-making process.

Haskett and her council are running a three-ring circus down at city hall. The mayor isn't trusted by the rest of the governing body of London, so why should the inhabitants of this city place their trust in her? Do the majority of Londoners want someone representing the city who cannot make her own decisions? With a policing method in place, Haskett becomes little more than a puppet of a group which is not even elected by the people.

If any other member of society was not doing their job properly and their employer lacked faith in them, they would be fired – plain and simple. It's time we stopped giving special treatment to those in positions of power and brought them down to the level of the people.

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