I started responding and discovered I’d just created a post-length essay. So here it is. To read Luke’s comment that spawned this post, click here.
Here’s the post that started as my reply to Chadwick:
Luke, I agree. Chiarelli has been in one job is a long time.
They have also grown up in this childish cloud of so-called collegiality that the mayor promotes to avoid criticism. Mayor Jim Watson is very thin-skinned. He views honest debate as a threat. So too critical thought.
Have councillors not seen how the Ontario legislature works, or the House of Commons here and in other democracies? Have councillors not seen how the two houses of Congress in the U.S. debate?
Chiarelli is prepared to stand up to such things as the stupidity of Watson’s actions during the budget. Good for him.
Should he run for mayor? Depends on who is running. But at present, I don’t see anyone mounting a campaign. So yes he should prepare to run.
Only he and Gloucester-Southgate Councillor Diane Deans have a chance of defeating Watson of the current members of council and will create a healthy discussion of issues, if Watson is capable of that.
Our inexperienced councillors are often unprepared to do the grunt work that finds holes in city reports and actions. Too many councillors are naive and lazy when it comes to city administration.
We need a thorough cleaning of council but only through getting good replacements … not this group of inadequate representatives.
The place where real debate occurs in this city in a civilized manner with widely opposing viewpoints is right here on The Bulldog. If we could get this kind of debate at city hall, we would not be asking for change.
And notice that Watson has repeatedly tried to hamper this discussion on The Bulldog through three separate blacklists, two of which are still in place. That’s how afraid he is of free debate and how afraid city staff is of Watson.
City staff is too often prepared to do what is wrong rather than stand up to the mayor.
That alone should be reason enough to turf the current mayor out.
Free speech and criticism provide good government by catching mistakes and keeping staff and councillors on their toes.
The current mayor can’t do it. If not Chiarelli, who is prepared to stand up to Watson?
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