Who did you vote for in the last federal, provincial and municipal election? Why did you vote for him/her? What guide did you use to determine your vote?
Contrary to what Cameron Kennedy, John Stewart, Mayor Morris Flewwelling, certain council members and Lorna Watkinson Zimmer’s personal opinions and comments, there is no short and fast rule or anything that prohibits municipal politics and candidates from running and aligning themselves with whomever they choose.
Do not be fooled by their comments and shenanigans.
It is not past or present politicians or journalists who will reveal and determine if the group, Red Deer First, is a necessary want and need to reinvent and realign how Red Deerians want to be governed and who they want governing them. It is the voting and democratic process that will determine that outcome.
It is, of course, quite predictable these past and present politicians and journalists will do and say anything to stop any group that does not want to play by their rules and support their way of doing things in Red Deer.
This is what those do, when their own dictate is challenged. This is what those do, when their status quo is challenged. This is what those do, when they want to preserve things exactly the way they are.
But one needs to ask why? Better yet, ask yourself — to whose advantage will keeping everything exactly the same benefit?
The interesting part of politics and democracy is having one challenge the dictate of a group who believe their dictate is sacrosanct. But the most interesting part of this process, is when it is challenged to its limits in our own backyard.
Remember the Reform Party and Preston Manning, channelling the disproportionate politics of East versus West in Canada? If the time was not ripe, the Reform Party would not have come to fruition. Let’s not forget what the Reform Party did and achieved as an Alberta protest party and how it synthesized the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada into the party it is today. If the Reform Party never had come about, would Stephen Harper be our prime minister today?
Think about it.
I wish Red Deer First, those courageous trail blazers, the best of luck in forging new pathways in municipal politics.