The exaggeration here is to make a point, not that your agent would equate Citizens For Safe Cycling to the National Rifle Association.
Nevertheless the goal of Citizens For Safe Cycling is to “… promote cycling as a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly transportation alternative in the Capital Region.”
The goal of National Rifle Association “is an American nonprofit organization that advocates for gun rights”.
Now the world would be a better place if there were more bikes and fewer guns but the point of this is to illustrate that the cycling group is an advocate for bike use. The NRA is an advocate for gun use.
Your agent does not support the NRA at all and agrees with many of the things Citizens For Safe Cycling does.
But here is the similarity. The NRA and CFSC are both advocates, promoters and most of all lobbyists.
Consider this for a moment. How would you feel if your MP paid money to the NRA for research into the gun issue? How do you feel if your councillor pays $3,700 to CFSC for cycling research? Hello Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper.
Here are 26 minutes you’ll never get back from your life. Councillor Jeff Leiper acrobatically winter biking. Mayor Jim Watson does this too but his chauffeur has to do the pedalling. Next Circle du Soleil.
Guess how the research will look from advocates. And we have seen some of the absolutely baseless opinions on so-called biking research right here on The Bulldog. Why one bike advocate suggested that cycling could cure most every major disease known to mankind. See how your athletes foot works out by cycling.
Politicians should not be paying car lobbyists for car research, nor housing lobbyists for housing research, nor airline lobbyists for airline safety research, nor gun lobbyists for gun research, nor cycling lobbyists for cycling research. In all those instances, we have a fair idea of how the study will look.
Leiper is a cycling enthusiast. In fact, the councillor is one of the rarest of species … the slippery-tired winter biker. So enthusiast might be a bit of an understatement.
Leiper represents all the citizens of Kitchissippi and thus must take a step back from his cycling advocacy and reflect all the views of taxpayers whose money he sent to CFSC. As a resident of Kitchissippi, I don’t want my tax money being sent to any lobbyist organization, from military hardware-makers to elves producing fairy dust.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with private citizens advocating for cycling. That’s in part how democracy works. There is something wrong with politicians sending them taxpayer money for research to be used in public-policy decision-making.
Unfailingly, you can get pesky lobbyist information for free. Just check your email inbox.
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