“I am Innocent” – Saving Face or Standing for Principle?

Mayor Fontana won another round after losing a vote of confidence at the Finance Committee on Monday. He is still Mayor of London Ontario. Innocent or guilty, the Mayor feels like he has to play out his hand, it is the only way to save face. Maybe he feels If he steps down it may seem that he is guilty.

So, lets give the Mayor the benefit of a doubt and say that he is innocent, and that is why he will not step down. Then it is because he didn’t deal with the allegations quickly enough that has brought the charges onto himself. So maybe he lost the receipts for the payment of those bills, or else why would the police charge him? How is he going to win court? By his telling the judge “I am innocent”. “Trust me”.

Is he defiant because he is hurt that everyone doesn’t just trust him?

But the Mayor cannot win, even if he is innocent and merely mismanaged his affairs, because innocent or guilty, he is still hurting the City; principle, or fraud. Nothing will save him from this. And how will mismanaged innocence save him from the perceived ugliness of stubbornness in the face of hurt to the City? Yes, he might be innocent, but at the same time, as he wins each new battle, he loses more and more respect by Council, and by the public. And his opinion and actions as Mayor are met with eroded esteem and more resistance to listen to him. Where is the saving face in all of that?

What is growing clearly evident is that our system of governance is really broke. The question now is, who is going to fix it? Oh, it is for the Provincial Government to amend municipal law. So, it is up to our dysfunctional, Proroguing Provincial Government to fix it ???


About pushinback

Back in 1993, I attended an anti-Nafta rally in Ottawa along with over 110,000 others. But despite the overwhelming opposition to NAFTA, the steamroller rolled on. It was there that I came to understand the one vital thing that I have been preaching ever since. There are so many issues, and so many fighting each issue, we are all spinning our wheels, and wasting our time, talents and energy, because each election, we give the politicians our power and so the deck is stacked against us. I said it that day and I say it with more fervency today. We all have one issue that we share, and we should all stop fighting for our own issues and losing anyways, and we should fight to achieve that one thing that we all share. We Canadians all have to fight to finally get a say between elections. We need to fight to make politicians accountable to us, the people. If there is no accountability, and the people have no say between elections, we have no Democracy. My Blog is written to teach the reader the essential knowledge of freedom and Democracy. Please read, and learn. I am one person, but I leave you my witness that one person is not powerless, only first you must first learn and then act. Let the democratic revolution begin. Kindest regards, Rob McQueen
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