What’s It Cost To Destroy Democracy? Quotable



When you’ve got veteran Ottawa broadcaster Joe Spence angry, there ‘s a very good chance you’ve done something very wrong:

“Who got paid how much to vote ‘yes’ and why do we even bother having a city council if things like height restrictions are routinely ignored so that money can change hands?”

Spence has said out loud something that has crossed my mind recently. In fact, I wonder if I have been very naive for a very long time when it comes to these kinds of dealings.

How much does it cost to destroy participatory democracy, due process and the rule of law in favour of utilitarianism or worse?

Or are some figures at city hall too stupid to know what they are doing to the democratic system?

Good on you, Joe Spence.


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3 thoughts on “What’s It Cost To Destroy Democracy? Quotable

  1. Ken:

    I will not say that you have been naive. You have a mind of a gentleman who doesn’t jump to a conclusion.

    I have the mind of a bean-counter. Some decades of bean-counting have made me jaded. My first question always is: Who paid who? My second question is: How do I prove it? But, I never have doubt. When something stinks – there is a reason it stinks.

    Payment doesn’t necessarily require money changing hands directly.


    1. Chaz:

      It’s very kind of you to call me a gentleman.

      I’m not so sure that my father understood that but my stepmother called me a gentleman. That was very kind of her.

      My father, when I was covering city hall for the Citizen, wondered why I wasn’t “getting along” with Mayor Bob Chiarelli. He didn’t understand that my job was to cover the news, not be friends.

      Funny … Bob Chiarelli understood what my role was. We kept a good relationship (and still do today) because he understood what my role was and he didn’t take it personally. It takes a good man to do that. I’m not sure I could act the same way were I in his shoes.

      I wish my father could hear you call me a gentleman, even if sometimes it’s not true.



  2. Ken, I’m going with option b) some figures at city hall are too stupid to know what they are doing to the democratic system, although I’d like to offer option c) they don’t want to waste time doing their jobs because it eats into the time they can spend updating their facebook page.


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