LETTER: CRMG a mere shadow of its original self

All six, including mayor, were exactly the same – unproven

Residents at Mission had our mail boxes graced with the first edition of “Mission Messenger.”  The gist of the four-page newsprint copy was to remind voters of accomplishments by CRMG and ask us to re-elect The CRMG Team.

Then, the potential high-road editorial went off the tracks with perceived misleading remarks about some former members, and presumably garnering all the praise and accomplishments for the mayor and two cronies.

First, claiming three of defecting councillors were “unproven” is a glaring misleading statement, as all six, including the mayor were exactly the same, unproven with only one incumbent having any council experience.

Second misleading remark, “the three defectors used CRMG to get elected, they became more interested in their own political future than Mission.” The three were by all public accounts far more interested in Mission and likely made equal or more of a contribution to the perceived success of council collectively – no tax increases and such.

Indeed, four members of council voted “no confidence in the mayor” – an unprecedented move.

Mayor Adlem stated he would announce a new CRMG slate in April. It’s now September and still no announcements. While touting two incumbents and himself, he says “You will meet the 2014 team in next “Mission Messenger,” but I will not hold my breath.

The public wonder if candidates, at least good, proven ones, are shying away from a dysfunctional CRMG body and leadership.

Implying CRMG was founded by Mayor Adlem and Councillors Hensman and Nundal “and other concerned people,” tries public patience and insults our intelligence, as we all recognize attempts to spin public opinion.

The best candidates abandoned CRMG, remained active to achieve results, and must share any success.

I was very supportive of the unproven and relatively unknown CRMG bunch when it first appeared. I was prepared to risk new people but recognized the urgent need to replace the existing misdirected incumbent council and sadly, only a slate approach would work. This is particularly true recognizing both a former mayor/MLA and councillor were instrumental in the CRMG development process.

But the council imploded and all that remains is a three-person body, a mere shadow of its original self, now asking to be re-elected, by adding some future unproven candidates. My word!

George F. Evens

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