Council’s magic disappearing act

Council’s magic disappearing act

Dear Editor:

The “O word” is not verbalized very much today relative to world government. However, it does exist, like it or not!

By definition Oligarchy is: “a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.” In today’s macrocosm of governments, it would seem that many Western nations might fit the definition irrespective of democratic principles. We may automatically think of other countries like China, Russia as the biggies and proponents of the “Big O.” To some extent, we might include the U.S. and Canada as well.

If we look at governments from a microcosmic perspective, the “O” word applies to many, very likely including our own civic government. It would seem to fit the definition to a greater or lesser extent. It seems to have modeled itself well with some of the big guns.

Recently, the mayor and council have, in-camera, for the most part, fostered the idea of jobbing out city-owned green space et al. The focus of this is to enhance the city and generate development and increase job potential as well as generate revenue for the city coffers.

If we are to believe this, I would ask as to why a multitude of local citizens appeared in front of City Hall on July 20? This group was primarily there to protest the proposed action of council relative to green space utilization.

Maybe Council was attending the Penn & Teller School of Magic or some such as it appeared that like Harry Houdini’s disappearing elephant illusion in 1918, they, too, were somewhat conspicuous by their absence. Where was the “silent minority?” Who really knows?

With the last election campaign, the usual buzz words of: “openness, transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility,” seemed, once again, to be in vogue. How many times do we have to hear this claptrap to not realize that they are words blown around like the fluffy seeds of a dandelion as they are wind blown only to land and try to take root elsewhere?

This council may think that it has taxpayers over a barrel, however, as Yogi Berra used to say, “It ain’t over till it’s over!”

Ron Barillaro

Penticton