Now, when we use that term, I think most people think of "the dark side" if you will. People working together to get what they want, perhaps not for the best for the majority of people. That's not true, there are special interest groups working for all kinds of causes. Some of them quite admirable.
In fact, I have three surveys from them in front of me right now, The TRI Tag People, who are deeply involved in many transportation issues..and that includes walking....the architectural conservancy group. worried about protecting heritage buildings and older neighbourhoods... and the Waterloo Professional fighters.
Perhaps some may not like the "special interest group" label, but to me, when you are working together to promote a particular agenda, and when that requires spending priorities of the larger organization to be changed....that's what you are.
It's neither good nor bad, That designation will come from public reaction to your groups wishes...or the consequence of those issues,
Let's look briefly at these three, Bottom line...we all want an efficient city, where all forms of transportation and safe and effective. We all want to see important buildings kept, and given a new lease on life, And we all want a strong, and effective fire service.
There. Surveys done, But wait, all of these things cost money. And there is only so much, If I support you more. Firefighter, who do I have to take something from? The job of the councillor is to ask questions, and weigh the consequences. The job of these groups, and more like them...is to get whatever they can for their causes,
That's OK I guess,, it s the system.
But who speaks for us? Who speaks for you, Who is the leader of the special interest group that's got any idea at all of what's important to you?
On October 27, think about that.