Home > Uncategorized > From Picking a Loser, To a Winner….

From Picking a Loser, To a Winner….

03-Dec-06 04:29 am EDT Leave a comment Go to comments
Stéphane Dion; Wikipedia file photo.

I didn’t pick any winners in the Ottawa Civic election, although I’m sure glad I didn’t vote for Ottawa’s new mayor: Larry O’Brien.  Last week marked the victors voting themselves a whopping 35% pay raise!  The largest single-day pay raise I’ve ever got in my life was 15%…and that was a result of my job grade being reclassified where I worked (one of my first jobs as a programmer).  I mean, it’s a bit of a cliché at this point – but I gotta say: it must be nice being able to vote yourself more money….

In hindsight O’Brien has agreed to role back his own take, but many councillors won’t.  He calls it "a rookie mistake"; I say, ‘that inexperinece is one of the reasons I didn’t vote for ya’.  I doubt the Calian CEO would accept that explanation from a new employee who wasn’t performing well.  Calian’s a technology consulting business, and generally, that’s exactly the kind of answer that would get someone fired as the company simply couldn’t afford to send someone who claims inexperience to serve on contract.

While inexperience is definitely a concern with Stéphane Dion too, his winning the Liberal leadership this past weekend is a very welcome development.  The main difference between Dion and O’Brien is the former doens’t sound quite so hypocritical as the latter.  I seriously doubt we’ll hear the excuse "I screwed up because I’m new on the job."  Dion has demonstrated he understands the responsibility he signed up for.  But more importantly, he differs from O’Brien on the front of being a compassionate leader, which is an ingredient that Canadians seem to agree is essential for its successful politicians.  While O’Brien’s busy cutting drug treatment programs and out pretending to get to know Ottawa’s homeless (yes, I do mean pretend) while voting himself double-digit raises, Dion is already hard at work serving to restore Canada’s government to being a true reflection of its people.

Apparently, what’s key in picking the winner is seeing that streak of responsibility, which is something that people feel is missing from their political leadership these days.  And if Dion doesn’t have it, he hasn’t yet shown any hint.  I’d hoped he’d win as many as four or five weeks ago, and with that day here my hope that he’ll restore the government of Canada to an institution that cares more about the environment, the economy and, in general, the people as a whole stands anew.

Categories: Uncategorized
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Terry Glavin


Techno Manor

Geek's Corner


an IT blog.. and an occasional rant

Yammer Site Status

Is Yammer down? Offline? Broken? Undergoing scheduled maintenance? When will it be back? Find out here.


A journey full of wonderful experiences

Azure and beyond

My thoughts on Microsoft Azure and cloud technologies


Startup and Technology News

Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa Latest News, Breaking Headlines & Sports

National Post

Canadian News, World News and Breaking Headlines

Targeted individuals's

One Government to rule them all.

Joey Li's IT Zone

Everything about IT


Unravelling the magik of code...

The Bike Escape

Because Cycling is Life

The Ross Report

Now you know where you need to know more...

Lights in the Dark

A journal of space exploration

Strength Rehabilitation Institute

Bridging the gap between physiotherapy and exercise.

Little Girl's Mostly Linux Blog

Nothing to see here. Move along...

David Eedle

Geek, tech, programmer, business owner. Serial starter of things. Occasional finisher. Oh, and please don't call me Dave.

Vector Beta

Doling out sparks of information

%d bloggers like this: