By Tim Stewart
(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor’s mayor, Drew Dilkens, is proving to be a crass, agenda-driven, bully. After walking in lock-step with his predecessor, Eddie Francis, for so many years, it is no surprise that he feels he can publicly demean and belittle our duly elected representatives, when they disagree with him. Francis did it for a decade with limited resistance from council.
It’s been much too long since decorum and respect have been part of our city council proceedings.
Mr Dilkens, when you insult our representatives, you insult the citizens. You were not elected to intimidate and insult your constituents, whether they agree with you or not. If this is your idea of team building or gaining consensus, a return to the drawing board is in order.
Recently, Dilkens told some councillors to, “… get on the train, stop whining.” Maybe they aren’t boarding the “train” because they see the inevitable wreck about to happen.
Councillors are clearly intelligent people who refuse to accept unsubstantiated numbers, when being asked to commit tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. They understand that, after many years of pouring taxpayer dollars into sports tourism, with questionable return on investment, it’s time to ask the tough questions.
These recent conversations prove Mr Dilkens needs to better educate himself on some matters.
Yes, Mr Dilkens, an auditor can, and often should, audit some proposals before they happen. Doing so afterwards amounts to shutting the barn door after the horses have escaped.
Suggesting that the councillors should wait until after the swimming events happen to request an audit is either disingenuous or ignorant.
I hear veiled allegations that some councillors are pandering to so-called special interest groups because they oppose our mayor and his like-minded colleagues. If FINA isn’t a special interest group, what is?