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Saturday, September 24, 2011
End "Blame and Shame Politics" Says Township Mayor Candidate Jack Froese
Last Saturday September 17/11, Debbie & Jack Froese hosted their 4th Annual Fall Festival at their JD Farms location on the corner of 248th St & 52nd Ave in Langley Township. The event MC was Gary Johnson best known for championing the Salvation Army campaign to fund & build the Gateway of Hope homeless shelter in Langley. All of Township Council attended Jack's event except for Mel Kositsky & Mayor Rick Green (no surprise there!). Also attending were MP Mark Warawa, MLA Mary Polak and at least 200+ other people (with many more coming later in the afternoon after the speeches). Polak formally congratulated the Froeses for their contributions to Langley Agriculture as did Deputy Mayor Kim Richter on behalf of Council.
Round one goes to Jack who got all the dignitaries out to his event including 2 local editors. The only dignitary at Green's event was Green (and many would even question that!)
Mayor Candidate Jack Froese's first major campaign speech
In Jack's speech, he said he would end the "blame and shame politics" of the current Mayor if he was elected. He made no bones about the lack of leadership on Township Council over the last 3 years. (Didn't Green get elected for the first time 3 years ago? What a curious coincidence!).
Meanwhile at the same time on the other side of town, incumbent Mayor Rick Green was holding his own well advertised meet his slate-mates event at the Murrayville hall. In discussions there, Green's slate-mates all lamented about the lack of attendance at their inaugural meet the slate forum. Needless to say nobody obviously really cared to meet with them as attendance was at best mediocre to dismal. No more than 40 people in total were at the Green slate-mate event and given that that there are 8 slate-mates, their spouses, family, slate financier (the real Mayor), partisan lobbyists, the couple of prolific "King-Green-does-no-wrong" royal letter-writers as well as their high paid slick media consultants, Green's slate should have just held it in a cheap motel room. One rented by the hour would probably have been very appropriate.
John Jock Cameron introduces Mayor Candidate Jack Froese
If you think Jack Froese was hard hitting in his comments listen to the introduction given to Froese by John Jock Cameron. Come on John, don't hold back. Tell us what you really think.
Cameron successfully ridicules the desperate and futile attempt by Mayor Green's slate to suggest they are NOT a slate but independents with independent platforms. Cameron held up a slate-circulated document showing an agenda setting up weekly slate-mate meetings to discuss platform! Not a slate? Really? For so called independent candidates, they sure seem to have a lot of follow-the-leader group think going on . They even have a slick professional social media minder who has infiltrated the whole so-far declared field of competition and is managing all the slate-mates' social media so that the Green slate-mates have more time for their joint and common weekly election platform meetings.
Cameron also points out that Green can't get along with anyone on Council so Green's approach is to replace all of Council except him! (Shades of "off with their heads!"). One has to wonder what the shelf life of his slate-mates will be if they dare disagree with Green and his financier (the real Mayor). But, of course, they're not really a slate - they're just a group of like-minded individuals who will always have to say "yes sir" to Green and his financier (the real Mayor). Ah, the sad price of bought and paid for politics.