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irene Gabon

John having reviewed tha latest on the Municipal election and candidates and comments I personally would rather see more of that than of Barber.... more constructive.... here is a question for you that I have been asked re Campaign 2006 and that is "How come City is advertising in the Toronto Star, twice already on past Thursdays and am expecting another one this Thursday 9th November,.... a page and a half in colour albeit pastel wonder why it is in the Star's GTA section ... do not see any other Municipalities advertising. SO am taking bets.... pierogi and cabbage roll dinner on me courtesy of Starsky's WHAT % will vote in this Municipal Election???

Walt

Regarding Peter Ferreira's complaints about Maja Prentice's brochure: I don't speak on behalf of Maja, but I took a look at her brochure and saw two pictures which included the Mayor. Both were pictures of ground-breaking ceremonies which are typically attended by incumbents. One picture showed the Mayor and three other councillors, besides Maja. Surely no one would think that this would be an "endorsement" of Maja by these three other councillors, or vice versa? They were simply present at the same event. The other picture showed Maja and Hazel at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new business in Ward 3, along with members of the family who operate the business. This is surely not an endorsement by anyone, it is simply an illustration that the councillor is involved in the community.

Ferreira should get over it. He has his own opportunities to post pictures from his service on the Library Board, and the Catholic School Board.

The Mississauga Muse

Yep. Me again.

John, GREAT noises!

re: Challengers chances of beating municipal Incumbents, you wrote:

"The odds are stacked against you in so many ways. Just ask Peter Ferreira or Brian Hurley or Don Barber, all of whom have complained during the current campaign that they don’t always get a fair shake from the process."

I agree with them.

Next, you wrote:

"Holding meetings mid-campaign and only inviting incumbents smacks too much of insider trading."

Yep. Incumbents Happen.

Time for a confession.

I've been real slow-on-the-take and it's only taken me 10 months to figure out the #1 ADVANTAGE Incumbents have over Challengers.

You, yourself, John pointed it out.

CONTENT. Yes, CONTENT.

Few people in Mississauga can say they've attended all Ward debates, listened to all Ward candidate clips on Rogers as I have --I even watched the Saturday Rogers telecast of the Ward 7 Mayoral debates (meaning I sat through them twice)!

My conclusion?

If Mississauga is any indication, municipal Incumbents are tough to topple because they have

CONTENT.

Get this. You can limit campaigning to only answering public questions while candidates are concealed inside cardboard boxes.

INCUMBENTS offer SPECIFIC CONTENT.

I've lost count of the number of challengers at the Rogers site whose speeches are limited to complaining about this-and-that and how the future of Mississauga needs improvement.

IT'S LIKE LISTENING TO MY NEIGHBOUR KVETCHING!

I wouldn't vote for my neighbour, why would I vote for someone not offering SPECIFICS and CONTENT?

The Incumbent Advantage is the Incumbent him/herself --a cardboard box would prove it.

So. We're doomed.

Last, John, you wrote:

"Sometimes, even in no-surprise Mississauga, you could theoretically wake up the morning after the election and find out you have a new councillor — who has a bone to pick with your ratepayer group."

Agreed. Theoretically. Then again, theoretically, I could wake up the morning after the election, ceiling fan overhead, and knowing I've been teleported to Hawaii.

Signed,
The (Oh *groan* how I WISH!) Mississauga Muse

irene Gabon

This is a non answer. We held a party to celebrate an anniversary and we invited people who shared 30 years of experiences with us. Does not matter that it was held in an election year, , Barber may even object if an event was held in a regular year or a leap year. Poor sport Barber because we didn't invite you. Is this what your Blog is all about John, get this guy off your web pages he contributes nothing and I mean a big ZERO!

Olive Rose Steele

Incumbents and Insider Trading? How about manditory Candidates Debate in every Ward

Jon, Its a real shame that Ward 6 will not have a Candidate Debate(Ward 6 is the ward within which I am running for Councillor). Erindale-Woodlands Community Association confirmed with me last week that they will not be hosting one.
As I knock on doors in Ward 6, residents ask me about my stance on issues, they make observations, and seek clarifications. It is a dis-service to residents that they will not be able to hear their candidates debate burning issues.

A candidate should not be allowed to slide through on a name recognition.

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