If the Municipality of Pictou County, Town of Pictou and New Glasgow are truly serious about working together to look at a new approach for governance, it appears they left out a few important people in the discussions – namely the councillors of one of the municipalities that is supposed to be a key partner.
Councillor Robert Parker, speaking at the Municipality of Pictou County’s council meeting Monday night said he found out about the proposed agreement through the media and Deputy Warden Andy Thompson said he got invite to the event, but didn’t know the full extent of the announcement until he attended the event. This isn’t the way a democratic process should work.
If those behind proposed agreement between New Glasgow, Pictou and Pictou County were looking for efficiency, they certainly got it by side stepping the ugliness of council debates and public discussions to get to the stage of drafting a memorandum.
However, they also created the possibility of more division by slighting both the three towns that were left out of the proposal and apparently even councillors from the communities they’re talking about partnering with.
And this is supposed to show that the county can work together as a single unit? If any form of agreement is going to happen, there needs to be true unity. That doesn’t mean leaving out those who might disagree out of the discussions. It will take time and it will likely be messy, but it’s the best approach.
As Winston Churchill quoting an unknown source once said. “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried.”
Hopefully the towns of Pictou, New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County will see fit to include others in the discussions including representatives from the other communities.