Editor: In the June 17 edition of The Times, there was a letter from Sonya Paterson which raised a huge question of integrity. Is this the beginning of her campaign for the next election?
Paterson states there is a time for campaigning and a time for compassion. My guess is that her name will be on the November ballot, and she is taking this opportunity to start her campaign by misconstruing facts, while attempting to get public opinion on her side albeit through a sympathy letter to the papers.
For this reason alone, if her name does appear on the November ballot, she will not receive my vote. Her letter claims that this is not a time for political gain, and yet in my opinion, that is the sole purpose of her letter.
In her letter, she berates Councillor Charlie Fox for his timing in bringing forward this notice of motion: “That council request an update from the RCMP on the investigation concerning the mayor.” Between the time he brought forward the notice of motion (May 30) and the time this motion was returned to council ((June 13), it has been reported that there was an illness in the mayor’s family. Apparently because Councillor Fox couldn’t foresee this happening, he has no compassion.
How would anyone have the foresight to know there would be an upcoming illness and second, why should that be a reason not to conduct the business of the Township? I recall that Councillor Fox himself went through a very serious operation, but that did not stop the business of the Township. Does that mean there was a lack of compassion for him amongst Township council? No, it means they continued to do what they were elected to do.
I support Councillor’s Fox motion because I know that I would like to see a conclusion to the investigation of the mayor prior to the next election, to help me in my voting decisions. While I sympathize with the mayor’s family situation, I can’t accept that as a reason not to follow through on this.
This is a time-sensitive issue due to the election only being only five months away. I appreciate the fact that Councillor Fox realizes this.
Diana Van Tiel,