Councillors should not jump ship

Recently I read in the Advocate that at least two members of city council are contemplating running for the position of MLA in the next election, which may be held as soon as spring 2015.

Recently I read in the Advocate that at least two members of city council are contemplating running for the position of MLA in the next election, which may be held as soon as spring 2015.

Unfortunately, the premier shows his disregard for the law, which sets the election date for 2016, as he realizes that the opposition is in disarray and here’s a chance to take advantage of it.

However, be that as it may, my bigger concern for Red Deer is that it’s not long ago that Buck Buchanan and Lawrence Lee made a commitment to the citizens of the city to serve as their representatives as members of city council.

As taxpayers, we were saddled with a large bill to fund the municipal election; these things don’t come free. We listened to their arguments and read their platforms telling the voters that they were totally committed to the citizens of Red Deer and I believed this commitment was for at least a four-year period.

My question is: how do these two councillors now decide that city council isn’t all that important to them and the lure of provincial politics, which just happen to pay better even with a five per cent cutback, is a better place to, as Lee says “better allow his abilities to serve the public good?”

Maybe he should have thought about that before he ran for city council. In my opinion, there are enough able candidates for the provincial government, for all parties.

However, as the old saying goes, you could put a PC label on a bale of hay in Red Deer and it would probably get the most votes.

George Croome

Red Deer

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