By Tim Stewart
(WINDSOR, ON) – In her February 12, Windsor Star column, Anne Jarvis accurately portrays the increasing incompetence and ineptitude of our current municipal leadership. Drew Dilkens and some of our city councillors clearly have little patience for the common citizens of Windsor, who might dare oppose their agenda or challenge their direction.
Campaign promises about openness and transparency be damned, now that they are elected.
This has been the abhorrent, bullying style of Windsor leadership for most of a decade now. Genuine interest in true consensus building remains entirely absent.
Dilkens and several members of the current council have lost all ability to admit mistakes.
Most troublesome is that obvious mistakes are piling up at an exponential rate. Every mistake adds another expensive burden on the citizens of this community.
We have spent a decade watching our leadership travel the globe chasing rainbows and pots of gold while we listen to foolish rhetoric about unsustainable zero percent tax increases. The politicians spin yarns about protecting taxpayers while ignoring that they represent a number of vulnerable people in this community who don’t directly pay property taxes.
The priorities are about glitz, glamour, and self-serving resume-building, as opposed to any honest attempt at the heavy lifting required to build a thriving municipality.
Day after day, for too long now, the citizens of Windsor are taken for fools. We witness our crumbling infrastructure and gutted out core while being told that there has been no significant loss of services.
We witness harmful partisan politics coming into play at the municipal level.
The City refuses to provide minimal funding to proven successful local entities, instead spending tens of thousands at events located in another country. The absurdity of it all is maddening to an ever growing number of Windsor citizens.
Mr Dilkens and city council, please stop the madness.