I never ever thought I would say this but Bob Madigan is VFAN’s hero of the week. Many of you have no idea how hard that must have been for him to vote against the old guard of this town last night, on something that is part of the fabric of the status quo. The mayor loved being on the Collingwood Public Utilities Service Board with all the perks and remuneration that position brought to her. Bob is best friends with Shawn Cooper the Mayors son. You can’t open a newspaper or go on social media without seeing a photo op with Bob and the mayor. There is an old saying “you gotta dance with the girl that brung you”. In a metaphoric sense Bob just dumped his date and went and did the cha cha with the prettiest girl in the room. The consequences to him on a personal level will be far reaching. Never mind though Bob I can now start to frequent your coffee shop and come and shoot the shit with you again (not sure if that is a positive for you though).
I have never said Bob is stupid, in fact I think he is a very smart guy. That is why I believe Bob has seen the writing on the wall with the people he has been associating with and decided that writing says “Get out while you getting is good”. If Bob would have gone along with the status quo the kid gloves would have been off with me and I would have chased Bob relentlessly until the next election. I have always said that I like Bob, I would have hated that scenario and I am glad Bob has finally proved that he is his own man and now a formidable local politician.
There are other signs that the castle walls are starting to crumble. As I said last night there has to be a complaint to the integrity commissioner about our Mayor not removing herself from last night’s vote because of the conflict of being on the board that she was voting to keep in place. That complaint is indeed coming later this week. If no one had stepped up I was going to do it myself. I am 99% sure that the Mayor will be publicly shamed and sanctioned over that, it’s a slam dunk. This time around they have over played their hand somewhat.
I can’t talk specifics here, but there are other positive moves afoot by some serious players to wrestle back our town and get it moving in a positive forward looking direction. All will be revealed in due course. In the meantime ladies and gentleman bask in the glow of the first real victory against the forces of evil in our town, I have a feeling this won’t be the last.