The Council vote has been taken and Mayor Fontana has comfortably retained his place on Council; he would have anyway due to the flaw in the Municipal Act. To me the flaw in the Municipal act is that there is no Recall mechanism in the Act. I guess the question is where do we go from here? If the vote was 8 supporting Mayor Fontana to 7 against there might be a reason to go on, but a inasmuch as the vote was 8 in favour and only 5 supporting the motion for the Mayor to step down the Mayor will be buoyed and more immovable than ever. Sorry to say the people do not have a reset button like Recall. I think to try more to get him to step down will only embitter both the public and Council that has to find some reconciliation to run the City.
But hey, our Democracy is full of lousy things going on to keep our eyes on, such as the Legislature being prorogued and our Provincial Democracy is at a standstill with only one person at the helm. It’s almost like McGuinty has set himself up as a benevolent dictator. So, for a post I will give you something I wrote as a Democracy in contrast to our bastardized democracy that has the fasade of serving the people (as in contrast those really serviced, the upper 1%).
After the vote yesterday I was quite sad, the numbers of Red Card Demonstators were smaller than I had hoped for. I had suggested and promoted the Red Card Demonstration so Londoners could get a feeling of Democracy in action, so with the lower than I hoped for turnout I did not feel like we had moved forward. But every Councillor that spoke mentioned that they had had tons of emails from Londoners, telling the Councillors what they wanted done. Even the Councillors that supported the Mayor said so. They of course had a link to a different part of the planet (they said that most people told them to support the Mayor). So, in this I have taken hope, many people contacted their Councillors. That is what is supposed to happen in a Democracy, to contact your Councillor, your MP, or your MPP, and tell them what you think, and feel, but your representative is to serve that wishes of the majority, even if that means to add the numbers with a been counter.
Congratulations if you did your part in contacting your Councillor, you should be proud of yourself, and don’t feel discouraged “they only went and did what they were going to do anyways”. True, and you did what you were supposed to do, and if your representative voted contrary to your wished, do not vote for them next time, and if he/she does it again, campaign for a good person to replace him/her. It is not revenge, it is just that the person definitely does not deserve your vote, or to be in office for that matter. If there is to be Democracy they MUST be held to account for their refusal to live and work be the true representative.