Municipal elections almost upon us and once again we pick the people that will guide the future of our respectives home towns. And in every November 19th vote lies the danger of electing the wrong people for the job. We’ve done it before and we’ll probably do it again. Take my home town for example.
Port Moody is a quaint little town, part of the tri-cities which includes Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. It was quiet and uncongested until our city council decided to award building permits to every schmoe that held out their hands. Since our arrival from the bowels of Vancouver our daily commute time in and out of Port Moody has doubled, lineups for banking, shopping and most other services have increased and the general quality of life has been diluted thanks to their decisions. Too many people and too little infrastructure to support them have contributed to the decline of our little oasis and it will only get worse as the Evergreen Line project draws near. (Thanks to Translink for imposing another tax on gasoline to pay for it all.
So how do I vote? Here’s my decision-making criteria:
- Has the candidate lived in Port Moody since the unchecked development began (5-6 years) and will they continue the practice of allowing developers to erect oversized bulidings on every green space in the city?
- Do they support the Evergreen Line? If they answer yes, I won’t vote for them. Period.
- Could they have alterior motives? Rumours have swirled for some time about our present Mayor’s interest in various real estate in Port Moody prior to the Evergreen Line and his personal profit from the project. I have yet to see any solid proof but I’ve learned never to underestimate the greed of politicians.
- Do they appreciate the quality of life in Port Moody and will they initiate anything that jeopardizes it?
- What do they do for a living and what is their field of expertise? I’ve had some experience with the ignorant authorities that populate government and I’ve always theorized that unless politicians truly understand the technicalities and implications of their decisions they shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions that affect the quality of MY life. Your 6 years in the gardening department of Home Depot doesn’t elicit trust and faith. Sorry but you’re a bozo.
One council candidate that will probably get my vote is Shane Kennedy, a resident since 1997 who “wanted to raise their children in a small, community oriented city”. He refers to the Evergreen Line as a “Cadillac system that the tri-cities just might not be able to afford” and theorizes that paying $8,000 to paint trees outside city hall blue may not be the best use of taxpayer money. I agree. (8,000 bucks to paint some trees? Is our city council completely fucking insane?) Do yourself a favour and download Shane’s two page 56kb PDF outlining his background and comments on Port Moody issues by clicking HERE. And have a look at his facebook page while you’re at it.
Take some time this November to understand the candidates that will shape your community and get out and vote for those that will protect your city’s future. And for my hometown of Port Moody it’s time we took our community back from some of the greedy bastards that have been running the show for too long. No more unchecked development that’s congesting our city. No more extravagent expenditures and taxation by a unelected body to finance transportation projects that will contribute to the erosion of our quality of life. And no more fucking blue trees.