So here it is folks the official notice. You will see that not much has changed. In the words of the former Deputy Mayor, “It’s great stuff!” But is it? It may be when you have replaced a person “who was not a team player” and “an opinionated person” with people pledged to be not that. And the “usual suspects” dismissed as being irrelevant “because the silent majority had spoken”.
So unless we revamp the system that will take discussion away from the backroom and into meaningful Council sessions we will never know what these “team players” are thinking about the big and small issues of the next four years. Just remember one of the returning incumbents had told a questioner, when asked to comment on an issue and what were his thoughts, replied, “my thoughts are my own!” Same guy has yet to express any words on any of the major issues in the last term preferring to stick his hand up instead. The most passionate remarks from another of the returning incumbents was his loquacious defence of his own position and behaviour. Not a defence of an argument just a rebuttal about some personal criticism. So don’t expect any more public utterings from the old pair. Even if the newcomers manage to stand up with their opinions the end result will be the same – the usual 4-3 split.
So where does that leave us in good old Cobourg? Feeling very self-satisfied, the world did not change and things will motor along very nicely. We at the BR wait to see what the newcomers will do in public discourse, of course we will never know what they do in the backrooms but we predict that they will rather be in the back room than in the Council Chamber, after all that way they only have to meet the public once every four years.
But let’s talk about Port Hope if you want action – hmmmm, rather not after all we live in Cobourg!!!