By Letter to the Editor on May 11, 2019.
So, it begins. Divisive politics. Medicine Hat city council has unanimously voted not to attend the annual FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) conference because it’s being held in Quebec City. Well, boo hoo. It is well known that the current Quebec provincial parliament is opposed to pipelines from Western Canada. Now our city council has chosen to boycott this conference because of this stand.
First this is a conference of municipalities not provincial governments. Yes, some provincial and maybe national politicians will be there, but the focus of these conferences has always been on municipal problems and possible solutions. I read in the News that one focus will be on federal/municipal relationships in view of the upcoming federal election. Would not our council learn something on this topic alone or have they already made up their collective mind?
Secondly, would it not be beneficial to have the opportunity to sit down with folks to discuss the very issue you are boycotting? Stay away at your own risk, city council. Have we come that far that when we have a disagreement on anything, we just pick up our ball and go home?
Our mayor (and council) represents all citizens of Medicine Hat and not just those who agree with him(them). He has shown this bias previously.
Thirdly, did our councilors think about the damage this may do to tourism in our city? The spoiled child attitude reflects across the country and could give cause for potential tourists not to stop in our city.
It is interesting to see (at this writing) that no other jurisdictions have chosen to boycott this conference.
This style of divisive politics is growing. Fasten your seat belts folks. It’s going to get worse.
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