Where does loyalty stand in the hierarchy of human qualities you value.
Loyalty is a fundamental value…the most basic requirement of all human relationships.
It is the quality we want most in our friends…without it, friendship cannot exist.
Politics is a human relationship…a trust of leadership between the leader and the led.
The Leaders ascend to the “throne of leadership” in a free society because we place our trust in them to make decisions for us and in our interest. We expect their loyalty to their supporters and in the broader sense to the whole society. After all it was our loyalty to them that gave them their positions.
When we feed politicians our votes…we don’t expect to be bitten. We don’t expect them to bite the hands that feed them…we expect loyalty…a reciprocal and beneficial relationship to both parties.
When we vote for our politicians…we expect them to be loyal in their service to us. We expect them to work in our best interests.
Unfortunately this is not what is happening in Oshawa.
Politicians want to return to the general vote knowing full well that huge sections of the city will grow to be unrepresented.over time. The south end (anywhere in Oshawa below King Street) couldn’t elect one resident from their community in seven successive general vote councils, a total of 109 seats leading up to the change to ward voting in 1985.
Ward Voting has guaranteed the south end 4½ councillors so the ward system has given voice to their concerns. This has brought important benefits to the south end…a new library, senior’s center, ambulance dispatch station, and a new recreation center.
With the ward system, no longer is it possible to have a “Have Not” section of Oshawa because ward voting has guaranteed equality of representation to all.
Ward politicians have been loyal to their voters in insuring progress for their neighbourhoods.
This is about to change.
Long time counciillor Joe Kolodzie who represented the south end for ages is supporting taking away guaranteed community council representation for the south end.
Long time councillor Nester Pidwerbecki who represents a large part of the south end is supporting taking away guaranteed south end community representation.
Councillor Maryanne Sholdra who represents the south end on local council recently made a speech where she stated that she was “honoured” to be the south end representative on council…yet she too is supporting yanking guaranteed south end representation from the south end.
Councillors John Henry, Tito Dante Marimpietri, and Louise Parkes also want to yank your south end guaranteed council representation from you. They are joined by Mayor Gray.
Why don’t these politicians want all areas of Oshawa to have fair and equal guaranteed representation on council? That question has never been answered.
If Council is able to bring in a general vote, all of Oshawa will have to work to defeat these politicians who are stealing local community council representation from the people…not just from the south end…but from all parts of Oshawa. Under the general vote no politician will be responsible for looking after your ward concerns.
For those in the south end…for sure don’t support those politicians who have proven their disloyalty to you.
For all others in Oshawa…you’ll lose your guaranteed representation on council too and there will be no one responsible for handling your ward concerns either. You’ll have to remember to defeat the “thieves” who are stealing your ward representatives too.
After all…loyalty is the highest personal quality you expect in someone you support, isn’t it?
And why ever would you support someone who has proven to be disloyal to you and your interests?