Itís difficult to decide which has been more childish Ė the Tiverton
Reunion committee or Kincardine council Ė during the recent debate
over a beer supplier for the reunion which is less than two months
Whatís quite obvious is that the entire fiasco isnít about beer at
all. Itís about a power struggle that has been playing out for years
between Tiverton and Kincardine, long before the village and the
town ceased to exist 10 years ago, thanks to amalgamation into the
new Municipality of Kincardine.
If we all remember correctly, it was just a few weeks ago that the
reunion committee came hat in hand to council, asking to become a
municipal committee in order to piggyback on the municipalityís
liability insurance. Then, when that same municipality rejected the
recommendation for a beer supplier, the reunion committee acted like
a recalcitrant child who doesnít get its way, storming off in a huff
with half of its members resigning.
14/06/2009 10:03 PM
Council has a right to be concerned and to conduct due diligence on
everything pertaining to this event because, in the final analysis,
itís the municipality that will be held liable. And that affects
every taxpayer in Kincardine, not just the good people of Tiverton.
In like fashion, the majority of council has been elected to
represent everyoneís interests, not just the good people of
Tiverton, and that includes local businesses.
Bringing in an out-of-town brewery for the reunion shows a disregard
for local business; and going with the second highest bid shows a
disregard for finances.
So, if you donít care about your neighbour and money is no object,
it seems as if a small group is planning a private party for its own
selfish reasons. And, apparently, the majority of council can live
with that, so carry on Ö and good luck.