Weighing the pros and cons
It appears one of this yearís municipal election issues will be Airdrieís involvement with the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP). (See story on page 3).
Like any partnership there are pros and cons for each member. When you enter into an agreement with a group of others there are benefits for you and benefits for them - otherwise neither of you would agree to the terms.
If the staff at Rocky View Publishing decided to partner up with a bakery and get all of our bread and baked goods from that bakery alone, the pros for us would be fresh, baked goods. The pros for the bakery would be a steady source of income.
The cons for us would be the fact that we can only buy the products offered at that location and a con for the bakery may be that they canít take on any new customers if that was part of the deal.
The only way to logically decide if you want to take part in an arrangement like this is if you decide the benefits outweigh the risks.
In 1999, Airdrie City council decided the benefits of partnering with a number of surrounding municipalities (a secure water supply and a collective voice) outweighed the downsides (Calgaryís veto vote and higher density targets for residential housing).
What candidates and residents need to ask themselves to determine if the partnership is still in the best interest of Airdrie is: Has the situation changed in the past 14 years?
Has the bread gone stale? Do we want strawberry pastries instead of blueberry? More importantly, what happens if this bakery is the only one in town? Where will we get our baked goods if we pull out of the arrangement?
We encourage residents to educate themselves about the issues and ask the candidates where they stand in the lead up to Octoberís election.