CUPE Local 503 rep Clarence Dungey doesn’t pull any punches in assessing the mess that is sometimes city hall. After Local 503 sponsored the Ottawa Municipal Election Candidates Forum on Oct. 8, he later sent a e-mail note to some of his colleagues.
He’s an edited version of some of what he sent.
Silly comments awards:
Well, the clear winner of this award goes to the Mayor, who makes the case that if you are a senior citizen, you are beyond ability to contribute to society. I can advise you that I took the opportunity at an event to imitate an aging senior citizen shaking and walking with a cane to ask the mayor if he was supplying blankets to those person that are “over the hill” so that they can simply pull it over their heads as a means of not being heard or seen! No ! he did not respond Andy !
The Mayor also won our Uninformed Award when he decides to penalize our community with his silly statements to get rid of 1,000 employees, not taking into consideration that in doing so, there would be a total negative impact for the local economy of almost $79 million and some 1300 jobs would be lost in the private sector, for a total job loss of some 2300 jobs, and further, were there to be a reduction in service accompanying such cuts, the losses to the local economy would be worse-almost $174 million plus the disappearance of 5,121 full time jobs. Needless to say, one wonders if he as a business person, really does understand how the economy of municipalities work. And oh! by the way, does this kind of action not contradict his comments made at the recent United Way breakfast?
The National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation Convention is being held in Ottawa on October 20-21-23, it is my intention to draw attention to the remarks made by the Mayor re. Andy Haydon , that are a clear attack on seniors ability to contribute to society, and in particular, at all levels of Government. I am doing so on the basis that the Mayors views cannot be allowed to simply fade away as a slip of the tongue. Words of this nature fall into the category of senior abuse and the Mayor of the Capital City of Canada needs to publicly apologise to all seniors across Canada.