Resident will not vote for Airdrie Team United
I read a Facebook status suggesting the upcoming election is controversial. I agree - it’s very controversial due to the possibility of a dictatorship running council.
My comment on the status was that there is no room for team politics in our municipality and that I hope others see it that way too.
I was asked to back up my comment with information on why I would say such a thing. The reasons below will explain why I think this team would be like a dictatorship and why I think joining as a team was a terrible idea.
Four out of seven is a majority. With an automatic majority, there is no democracy.
It is not possible to have the same views regarding such broad issues, yet have varying ideas on other issues.
Team Airdrie United’s platform entails more than what meets the eye and could actually encompass almost every issue that comes up in council. Sure we all want 24-hour health care, sure we all want the city to grow sensibly, sure we want council to think of Airdrie first, but the way it is done should not be decided by one group of four.
There is a lot more to it and I sure as heck don’t want four rookie aldermen making every decision that is put upon council because it falls into one of the issues of their United platform.
Having a majority is dangerous. I understand everyone has to start somewhere. But four newbies saying they are going to get something done that has been an issue since I moved here eight years ago is not believable. We have a Health Care Committee that has been working hard toward the goal of having 24-hour health care. Although health care is a provincial thing, these committee members – some being council members - have been quite vocal with our provincial government about the lack of 24-hour health care in our city. Team Airdrie United, did any of you sit on the Health Care Committee before your announcement? And do you now?
Putting Airdrie first is a very broad issue. Please give me direct examples of what that means to Team Airdrie United. This one platform alone would entail more than one issue. If you are united, that would mean you would all agree on every issue that you think is putting Airdrie first.
Do you really think that the current council doesn’t put Airdrie first? Not only is putting Airdrie first a broad topic, it is subjective. If all four of Team Airdrie United vote – united – they will end up having a majority vote on everything they subjectively think is putting Airdrie first.
There are so many areas to touch on when it comes to what Team Airdrie United sees as sensible growth. Examples being, planning, development, infrastructure, economic development, sustainability and more. So are you telling me that Kevin, Mike, Angela and Jane all agree on all aspects of what would contribute to sensible growth?
If you do, where did you get your information from to make you reach your joint decision? What may seem sensible to you may not seem sensible to me and the rest of the community, or better yet, the professionals that have studied this kind of stuff and continue to study and work with this kind of stuff day after day. If you are united on this issue, all four of you are going to have a hard time seeing the bigger picture when it comes to particular aspects of “sensible growth”.
So once again, too broad of a topic to be able to trust that a united vote is any good for our city.
I am not a politician; I’m just one Airdrie resident that is very worried about the future of our city if it’s run by a dictatorship council. I encourage everyone to really think about this before they vote.
I won’t vote for any one of these candidates now. It’s such a shame because a couple of them would have been great on council… with their own voice.
Chelsie Dowler, Airdrie