No need for councillors to sign petition, says Waikle

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

The originator of the petition to demolish the old High Prairie Regional Health Complex hospital is backing town councillors who did not sign it.

“I’m not disappointed,” says James Waikle.

“If I was on town council I probably wouldn’t sign it either.”

Councillor Brian Gilroy disclosed at the Town of High Prairie’s Feb. 25 meeting that he was the only member of town council to sign the petition.

Town council has actively lobbied the Alberta government to demolish the site.

Overall, Gilroy was hoping for better support from the community.

“It did not go as well as we hoped,” he said.

Waikle says council should speak as one voice, and they have done that by lobbying the Alberta government.

“Council [already] said, as a whole, this needs to be done,” he says.

Waikle adds he never signed a petition while serving on council.

“I had a problem with something that would land on my desk.”

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  1. When any elected official speaks anywhere, he or she has to be careful to be sure listeners understand when he is speaking for the government, or when he is speaking as a person with his own opinion.

    Mr. Waikle is correct that governments should speak as one voice. Where he misses the point is when he disagrees, he is allowed to speak. Gilroy is correct in signing the petition as a private citizen. He never signed it with a title as in Councillor Gilroy.

    Councillor Gilroy may not agree with a decision by the majority of his council about ignoring any petition. Should he hide in a hole? That’s what Mr. Waikle is saying must happen. This is wrong. As long as Gilroy does not pretend to speak for council, of course he has freedom of expression.


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