Municipal government

Municipal Affairs — Lindsay Advocate

By Lindsay Advocate

We need collaborators much more than critics.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: municipal government matters. A lot.

Just think about the things that affect you and your family every day. Roads, libraries, police, garbage, community centers, paramedics, parks, agriculture, museums, firefighters, snow removal, recycling, economic development, Victoria Manor, zoning — we could go on for a long time.

But we prefer to talk about the kind of people we want to see taking care of these essentials of life in Kawartha Lakes.

Forget political parties and labels. The people whose names will appear on the ballot in October are our neighbours. And neighbors must work together, regardless of their political leanings, for the good of the whole community.

Here is what we at Lawyer want to see candidates for mayor, council and school boards:

  1. Demonstrate integrity. How you treat others in your life outside of the boardroom, whether at work, as a volunteer or personally, is the most important indicator of whether you can and should be trusted to help lead Kawartha Lakes.
  1. be in favor of things. It’s easy to be against everything. We need collaborators much more than critics.
  1. Base decisions on verifiable facts rather than ideology, opinion, or personal impressions. Put aside preconceptions, trust experts and other credible sources, and be prepared to change your mind when you learn new information.
  1. Put the city as a whole first. Of course, you must speak on behalf of the residents of your neighborhood. But focusing on your backyard means you never hit the road to a vibrant future. Be a champion of a shared vision: the good of all in a strong, innovative and compassionate Kawartha Lakes.
  1. Be a good colleague. If you must criticize others, even your opponents, respect their track record and their platform and avoid personal attacks. In the office, respect those with whom you disagree; you all work in your own way for the public good.