I’m of the belief that all citizens of London, Ontario want to live in a city that we continue to be proud to call home; a place that people from around the globe aspire to emigrate to; a place where global businesses see a future bright with opportunity for growth and innovation; a place where the next generation chooses to live as they start a family, a career, or even launch a new startup.
It also seems to me that London, Ontario finds itself looking through a rapidly closing window of opportunity; a unique and precious moment in time wherein I believe we ought to make a commitment to ourselves as a community – if for no other reason than for the sake of democracy.
And so, in this time, before a gauntlet is thrown and before any gloves come off;
Before lines are drawn in the sand, and missives slung like missiles;
Before fingers get pointed, and motives questioned;
Before the first salvos are fired on the virtual fields of social media…
…I think we ought to agree that rather than use digital media to tear down those that hope to lead, we should use those same digital tools to help all candidates imagine a bright, prosperous future for ourselves and for our children.
So in the race towards October 27, 2014, I appeal to all Londoners:
That when opponents opine;
When voices on the radio scorn and scoff;
When ink is put to press, and bits to blogs;
When armchair policy-makers comment, tweet, post, and poke from the safety and comfort of their, well, armchairs…
…that, when these things happen, before you hit publish, or like, or comment, or tweet, or retweet, please remember this:
We all know their records, just as we all know how they spin, but if we spend the next nine months focusing on the missteps of the past (and I’m referring to incumbents and challengers alike), we’re going to miss out on an opportunity to clarify aspirations for our city, provide a Council with a considered mandate, and unite our community behind a shared goal that benefits all of us.
Democracy has provided us the time to engage in a dynamic, exciting, and visionary exploration of what our City is truly capable of achieving, and by working together towards our shared success we can craft a considered, compassionate and creative vision for prosperity and happiness for all the citizens of London, Ontario.
It’s up to us to decide what they’ll know about Canada’s London.