But most of the discussion centers around the campaign for Regional Chair, and in particular the efforts of the anti LRT forces. I've talked to people at the door who have their concerns and questions about the LRT, and I share some of them. But the conversations have been both cordial, and in some cases very enlightening, for all of us.
Now, to be fair, when you have decided to run against something...you will, by default, be negative.
Nature of the beast.
I am saddened by the tone, style and nature of some of the ads. Many of them don't appeal to what I believe is the basic instinct of people to be fair. Points could have been made without making it quite so personal.
But I've been around long enough to know why. It's because that style of advertising works. Or at least it seems to. And maybe it will this time. I don't know.
I'm glad to see such things have not happened in the race for Mayor of Waterloo. All the candidates have been cordial and respectful, while making their points in honest and positive ways. And I will say the same about the four people running in Ward 2. Helen, Janice and Hardy have been class acts all the way.
Every candidate in this election, at every level, in every ward is running because they want to win. There's nothing wrong with that.
But at the end, I believe, you need to be able to hold your head up, and say
"I fought for the positive. I maintained my dignity. I can live with the result"