Corner Brook city council deserves a proverbial pat on the back this week for doing what a council should do: represent the interest of its taxpayers to effect action and change. Praise shouldn’t necessarily come to any political entity for doing what it is supposed to do — represent constituents — but when it appears that type of work hasn’t been done in the recent past, the effort needs to be recognized.
At Corner Brook city council this week, Mayor Charles Pender expressed his frustration in getting prompt action in dealing with Crown lands issues.
“When a city this size has to sit back and wait for the bureaucracy of the provincial government to approve ... a development to be able to move forward is absolutely ridiculous,” the mayor said.
Most would agree.
If the province is indeed slowing development down, it needs to be told.
What seems to be a shift, however, is how city hall is handling itself on the matter.
It’s been a secret to absolutely no one the Progressive Conservative support the leaders of the city have displayed over the past number of years. The current mayor has been a longtime PC supporter, as was the last mayor.
In turn, the public lost faith in its municipality fighting for them on issues where the province was involved. People saw the mayor first as a PC supporter and secondly as their mayor, rather than vice-versa.
That tide may have been set adrift.
Given the mayor’s ongoing fight over waste management and now the most recent issue with Crown lands, the people of Corner Brook are seeing something different.
It could be because of a collective approach to issues this council is taking, or maybe it’s the last attempt in months of unsuccessful lobbying over the issue. Regardless, it’s a step in the right direction.
It’s impossible to ask municipal politicians to have no partisan involvement, but people can ask they separate the two in dealing with the community’s affairs.
Let’s continue on this road to fight for those who cast the ballots.