Monday is around the corner and that means it’s voting time. I’m not going to tell you for whom to vote; but what I do want to do is to remind you that your federal vote affects Kindersley directly. Many of my previous posts have shared with you some of the challenges we are facing as a municipality and how the platforms of the various federal parties address municipal issues affecting you and me.
Before getting to one of my reflections I want to congratulate all the candidates for campaigning and their hard work during this campaign.
This post has some questions I have asked myself as mayor as I consider the issues before Kindersley and how it may be best to move forward. Here is this reflection on being an elected official.
Being a public servant representing our neighbours near and far is an honour and a privilege. It requires a lot of hard work, the mastering of a steep learning curve across a broad range of topics, emotional intelligence, vision, and family and personal sacrifice. Being in politics has been about discussing and implementing those ideas in which we believe will lead to a good community and a good life. Here are some of the questions I think of (and please don’t think these are the only ones):
- is our community and country beautiful?
- are we keeping it beautiful and making it like new?
- are we investing in the right infrastructure to mitigate against severe weather (are we protecting our homes and business appropriately)?
- are we making appropriate investments such as water, waste water, and landfills (do we have clean water, a place for our sewage and garbage)?
- are we just?
- are we inclusive (do we welcome strangers)?
- are we fair?
- do we protect ourselves from those who don’t conform and respect social norms (criminals such as fraudsters and murderers)?
- do we have economic opportunities?
- do businesses have opportunities to succeed and make a profit (good communities with reasonable taxes)?
- do the poor have a living wage?
- do entrepreneurs have an opportunity to succeed or fail (can new businesses start, can old businesses fail)?
- is there mobility between economic classes (can people move up and down based on their ability)?
- are we making the right investments in infrastructure to ensure our goods and services get to their market (roads, electricity, digital access, etc)?
- do we have opportunities for personal fulfillment?
- do we have facilities, like arenas, pools, hospitals, and more, so we can pursue health and wellness?
- do we have opportunities to express ourselves in various formats such as art, literature, music, etc.?
- can we “invest” in our children, parents, and ourselves to help us grow through education, continuing education, faith systems, and so on?
- do communities have opportunities for people to find success beyond home and work (like volunteering with civic groups, coaching opportunities, social engagement, etc)
- how do we get along with others?
- do we respect others?
- do we relate to our neighbourhood, community, and country?
- do we empathize with the needs and wants of those around us?
An elected official has an unique opportunity to build community: by creating an environment for others such as individuals and businesses, social agencies, sports organizations, cultural groups, and more, to succeed and thrive. So, I guess, what I am doing is asking which party and local candidate will best answer these questions.
Thank you for electing me to be mayor; I appreciate it.