Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Where were the Ward 4 candidates?
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 17 Nov 2006, p. 6

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Dear editor, RE: Ward 4 candidates. There was a municipal election going on, yet residents in Ward 4 (specifically in the new subdivision between Eighth and Ninth Line and 10 Sideroad) failed to see the majority of their candidates. In fact, only one came to my door to present his platform. Although I was not in agreement of the platform I feel I was left with no choice. Where were the other candidates? What kind of message were you trying to send to your constituents? Were you too busy for us? To me, this behaviour is indicative of the way you will behave during your time on council. In my opinion none of you (barring the candidate who came to my door) deserve a seat because you failed to show up and present your viewpoint to me. I would like to know why all of you failed to show up in this area. This is an open question to all candidates. Please don't degrade us and give us shoddy excuses. Additionally, the residents of south Georgetown are well aware of how many in the established part of Georgetown feel about us. We know that "we are part of the problem", which is increased urban development. What many of you are forgetting is the increased tax base, which means lower taxes and more services for the community. Every decision has its good and bad points, let's all remember that. Even though we are "part of the problem" most of us are in agreement with you. We fully realize that this is a contradictory statement but the residents of the south would also like to maintain the environment Georgetown provides all of us. What I would like to see is a representative who can address two main issues: bridge the divide, between the "new" and "old" residents of Georgetown and realize that growth (urban, industrial and commercial) is inevitable. There must be pragmatic decisions from council to make the growth sustainable to maintain the environment that makes this area unique. Let all candidates remember this quote from Machiavelli: "The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not." Andrew Murison, Georgetown

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Where were the Ward 4 candidates?