I have seen a copy of the consolation letter that was sent from the Mayor’s office to the unsuccessful candidates in the last Prince Rupert elections. I will share the words with you here as they bothered me and I want to see if I am over-reacting.
“Every member of City Council can sympathize with you on the stress, anxiety and disappointment you have undergone through the process of the Municipal Elections. If it is any consolation, I too have previously been unsuccessful at the polls.
Since finding myself in the Mayor’s chair I have become even more aware of the critical nature of the role Council plays. The commitment is huge and it is exciting and at the same time humbling to have so many of our citizens eager and willing to take on the enormous responsibility. Win or lose, the very act of running for office is a reason for congratulations.
The campaigns were clean, issues-based and presented the public with a good range of choices.
Congratulations on your courage and commitment. We look forward to watching you serve our community in the future.
Sincerely Mayor Herb Pond”
Aside from the fact that one should never use the words “stress, anxiety and disappointment” in a consolation letter - especially to open it…does anyone else see the paradigms hidden in the text?
For instance, “watching you serve our community”…I happen to know that most of the candidates were offering to “work with” Mayor and council - but all he wants to do is “watch”. Also, as the successful elected officials, is it not THEIR job to “serve” the community?
I am very concerned for our community - when the Mayor is offering to watch others serve the community. He sure doesn’t seem willing to work with others to serve the community.
Opinions? I know that there are either very strong Pond supporters or Pond himself on this forum…what do you all think?