Lemieux letter authenticity questionable: writer
| Posted: Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 06:00 am
I, along with my fellow members of the Erin Ridge Residents’ Action Committee (ERRAC) have been working literally night and day for what seems to be a very long time dedicated to the sole purpose of reclaiming and protecting the integrity and security of our community and those who make it their home.
From the outset, we have encountered nothing but intransigence on the part of our “opponents” at city hall which is pure irony since it is they who have sworn to represent us as citizens of this fair city. The experience has most certainly proven to be an eye opener as we have witnessed and been subject to politically motivated actions and behaviour which serve only to preserve a dysfunctional status quo which is our municipal governance. Although we did not enter this fray being naďve of what we were up against it has been a rude awakening resulting in disappointment bordering on disgust.
Not to judge or denigrate any other body or interest group, we have consistently been open and forthright in our efforts including, for what it’s worth, numerous public presentations at city council as well as clearly identified letters and articles in the press. I challenge anyone to show this to be wrong!
Recent developments have only magnified the perplexity of the whole situation some of which I believe have been conjured up for no other reason than to hide the truth and thwart the proper political process. One might simply regard these activities as “political shenanigans” but in reality they are far more sinister as they undermine democracy itself and at times do not fall short of outright intimidation.
I suppose the recent announcement of an alternative election forum being scheduled on the very same night as one which has been planned for some time and is sponsored by a group known to oppose the powers to be, is “fair game” but it does make one wonder, does it not?
The sudden revelation of a letter supposedly delivered surreptitiously a year ago is another matter altogether. Its mere existence takes political convenience and coincidence to the extreme and its authorship is circumspect to say the least. Not to offend anyone but the text of the letter is so poorly written and convoluted that one has to question its authenticity and perhaps regard it as nothing more than wishful rambling.
What disturbs me more is that despite all of the editorials and articles in the press of late, surrounding the topic of anonymity, the decision was made not only to run with the story but to openly publish the letter itself! This is especially egregious when the content implicates at least two incumbent councillors, who are running for re-election, as being complicit with the unidentified sender. The fact that these two councillors have openly supported and assisted us in addressing our concerns in Erin Ridge heightens our suspicions.
For the time being, I will close with the conclusion that the whole state of affairs is a pitiful mess which can hopefully be remedied at the polls but only if you vote in the first place and choose the right people when you do.
Murray Lambert (ERRAC), St. Albert