COMMENTARY · 28th September 2011
Although we have received a news release from current Mayor David Pernarowski stating he intends to run again and both Bruces’ Martindale and Dr. Bidgood have also verbally stated they intend to run for the top job against Pernarowski, no one is officially in the race.
This is due to one simple fact; nomination papers cannot be handed into the Chief electoral officer at Terrace City Hall until next Tuesday, October 4.
If however these three and some of the rest maintain their stated positions on this next municipal election, Terrace council will be a very different animal for the next 3 years.
Anyone that runs can only select one position to challenge. If, in fact, both Bruces’ take a run at the Mayors job, only one (if any) of these three people will be serving next term. That will reduce those currently sitting to four. If Carol Leclerc stands by her decision not to run, we find the Council table reduced to only three remaining from the current slate; Lynne Christiansen, Brad Pollard and Brian Downie.
The Terrace Council of the past has been a very right wing body. The most disturbing example of their anti social behaviour was the high monthly rent charged to the Terrace Anti Poverty Society on a City owned property that had previously been leased to another non profit for $1/yr. The City Council of the day compounded the difficulties to the move, creating great hardship and suffering for the volunteers. Even the Regional District Kitimat Stikine came to their aid with a truck to assist. The City of Terrace ignored the plight they caused and eventually the Terrace Anti Poverty Society had to close their doors due to a lack of funds. This new and current Council has continued with these positions of the previous Councils. It is conflicting to see however the City providing administrative help and free rent to the Shames Mountain, “My Mountain Co-op”.
It will be interesting to see what happens next week and the following week. If perchance, a different person runs for Mayor that captures the attention of the population of Terrace and if perchance one or more of the remaining three Councillors decide they will also vacate their seat for new blood, Terrace could be an entirely different town.
To demonstrate why this might be a good thing we have a few more memorable examples. As the District of Kitimat was fighting in Court for jobs and the assurance Alcan would actually build a new smelter the City of Terrace, instead of standing with their neighbours, took the unusual and offensive step of fighting against the District of Kitimat by paying for a full page newspaper ad in the Vancouver Sun supporting the BC Government, Hydro and Alcan. The Chamber of Commerce supported this position and at the same time pressured the City to buy the old Co-op building from the Hull family for a million dollars. The citizens of Terrace should also remember the demise of the Terrace Tourism Society encouraged not just by the Chamber and the City but also facilitated by the current Mayor, who lost his Managerial position at the Scotia Bank due to his involvement.
The City Administrator position is also open as Ron Poole left to take over the position vacated by Trafford Hall in Kitimat. This three year elected Council term will be a defining time for the direction of the City of Terrace
The next two weeks will be exciting. A common tactic used by sitting Councillors and those considering the Mayor position is to arrive just before the nomination period closes with papers for both positions in hand. They look to see who they would be running against for the top job, Mayor, and decide at that moment which papers to hand in.
Others will want to take up the entire two weeks of the nomination period to get running head start promoting themselves.
The packages of information are available now at Terrace City Hall. They might look a bit complicated at first and maybe a bit daunting, but they are fairly easily worked through and the papers are accompanied with guides to help.
The nominations close on Friday October 14 at 4:00pm.
The entire package of papers laid out. These are available now at Terrace City Hall
The basic nomination forms to indicate you want to put your name forward to run for a Council position.
The basic Nomination paper. You only need two people to sign and nominate you to run for the position. All you need to do is decide, and write in the blank, which position you want.