It may seem odd coming from someone who was just shuffled out of the job he held for 32 years, but I believe everything has a shelf life. A couple of years ago, we made the decision to end the annual Poster Boy campaign. I wanted it to finish while it still held true to its original goal of generating new donations...
Yogurt has a shelf life, Most things we buy are labelled with one, And I think politicians have a best before date as well.
It's time to consider the idea of term limits.
Personally, I think the holder of any public office should be restricted to no more than two four year terms. After that you can move in to another level, or just step away for a term or so, Freshen up. Go find the real world.
The political world is quite different. It tends to be rather insular, quite separated from the places with which most of us are familiar.
Such a policy would ensure a fresh stock of people every few years. New people mean new ideas fresh ears and a clear set of eyes.
Maybe those new people will make some mistakes. But let's be honest, it's one vote, and the city is a big ship which takes some time to change direction. Besides, as my Irish mother used to say. "you can always toss the b****** out later"
It might even convince some people to run who might otherwise have been too intimidated. Look at this Ward. Ward Two in Waterloo has four candidates, if I may say, all of them with their own strengths. I'm not sure you would have the same choices if the incumbent councillor was running.
It's a little bit like opening up the windows on the first warm day in spring....clearing out the must and cobwebs is just refreshing,,,