Tuesday, October 25, 2005

SHOULD MICHELLE HOOTON RESIGN HER SEAT????

A couple of days ago, I asked the question but no one gave me an answer.

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Well? Now I know the answer.


Michelle Hooten never resign her seat from Council to run as an MLA!

Should this be allowed?

Should she be allowed to grandstand in the Council chambers while she runs for Provincial office?

We know that Norm MacFarlane was a former Minister of the Lord Government but this is not fair for the other candidates.

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I didn’t know this was allowed in Canada?

I respect an individual who resigns their post to run for public office but in this case?

She has absolutely nothing to lose!!!

What do you think?

Am I wrong on this issue?

I might add that they even stop Ivan Court from speaking last night in the chambers. Orders from the Irvings? You tell moi???...lol

ivasn court

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

She should resign from politics. By associating herself with Bernie and with his hideous political games she has done herself in. If she had any credibility it is gone. She may consider to stick with her business. She may do well there.

Diane said...

By law and under the Municipalities Act she does not have to resign. I have not known any municipal politician who, when running for a provincial or federal seat, has given up their seat on Council. If you have a reason why she should why not say so - don't make it seem like she is doing something that no one else has ever done.
Diane

Anonymous said...

Always justifying by saying someone else has done it. Everytime a blunder and screw-up of Lord government is pointed out we are told it was done before under previous government. Or it is being done in China or Nigeria. Or we should be happy because people are poorer there. Is that best Lord government can do? What a poppycock?

Anonymous said...

charles: is this your blog sight just under different name?? looks alot like your template doesn't it?

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Charles LeBlanc said...

I just been told that the Deputy Mayor of Dieppe has to resign his seat to run for the Mayor job. So why not do the same act in here????

Anonymous said...

Those are two different acts charles one for municipalities and one for legislature that is why

Anonymous said...

So true. There are also two different standards by Lord Government. One for rich one for poor. That is the way it goes. There is always a loophole to screw the poor.

Anonymous said...

http://eartothegroundinfredericton.blogspot.com/

Charlie this is funny shit why the sudden change????????????????????/

Anonymous said...

eartothegroundinfredericton
is an act of desperation. His ears must be hurting sitting on Lord's crap.

Anonymous said...

I THOUGHT THE "LAW" WAS YOU MUST ASKE FOR A LEAVE OF ABSENCE WHEN RUNNING FOR ANOTHER POST.....IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY FOR OTHERS WHEN THE SOUGHT OUT OTHER GOVERNMENT POSTS...THEN AFTER WINNING THEY RESIGN OR LOOSING THEY COME BACK TO THEIR POSITIONS...SOMEONE SHOULD CHALLENGE THIS WITH ELECTIONS NB OFFICE, AND ALSO A COMPLAINT SHOULD BE FILED WITH THE OMBUDSMAN OVER THIS AND ALSO FOR IVAN COURT, AS HIS CONTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AS A CITIZEN OF THIS PROVINCE AND ALSO AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL TO VOICE HIS CONCERNS FOR THE CONSTITUENTS OF THIS MUNICIPALITY HAVE BEEN VIOLATED AT COUNCIL...IT IS TIME SOMEONE IN THIS CITY TOOK THE BULL BY THE HORNS AND GOT SOME STRAIGHT ANSWERS AND KICK "WHOOTIN TOOTEN TO THE CURB......

Spinks said...

Unless the laws change I don't see any reason for her to resign. What's fair for one person is fair for another. Besides, the only ones calling for her resignation are the people who don't like her so obviously they have an agenda against her. If she loses the MLA bid and runs for council again, the voters can decide if they want to keep her.

jwmcq said...

What I especially don't like about this whole thing is that while she was provided with a soap-bax during the Council Meeting by former Lord Cabinet Minister, Norm MacFarlane, and the same rights were not extended to another member of the same Council, namely Cllr. Ivan Court. Since when are Councillors not allowed to debate any topic which comes before Council?

My take is that she was unfairly provided with an opportunity to get her face and comments out to the media, while a fellow Councillor was basically told he did not have the same rights, and I have to question the Mayor's authority to make such a decsion. If Michelle want to run her campaign while at a Common Council meeting then maybe she should do the right thing by seeking a leave of absence until the by-election is over. Acting like she is campaigning while being given a personal venue that is not provided to the other candidates is certainly unfair to say the least.

As far as Norm MacFarlane, I surely hope he enjoys himself for the next couple of years, because after the blunders he has managed to pull off in just the last year and a half, I peredict that he certainly won't get reelected again either on Council or as an MLA.

Anonymous said...

She must resign.

Anonymous said...

jwmcq Cllr. Ivan Court does not have blond hair and good looking legs. That is why he is not Lord's favourite and hence not MacFarlane's favourite. The whole thing is disgusting that a person has next to no political experience is being touted to become next minister of environment.

Spinks said...

JWMCQ - I like your leave of absence idea. There's no law but that would be the right thing for anyone running for any other level of government to do. For example when a media personality runs for politics, they take a leave of absence from their on-air or writing job. I really don't see a need for Hooton to resign unless of course she wins. But since the same people here calling for her to resign also want her to lose, I suspect they just don't like her. Sounds like it's becoming a personal vendetta for some given the sexist comments throw about.

Anonymous said...

Spinks..
You are not only Conservative but also sound like a person who is on their payroll. Otherwise you will not be devoting so much time defending these useless clowns.

Spinks said...

By that argument, you're a Liberal plant and really I doubt that's true. Sorry to burst your bubble but I have no political affiliation at all and I really don't want one. I'm just an independent thinker who trys to look at things from several different angles to form my opinion which you can then choose to agree with or not. After lookinga th the opinions here it appears that the comments would be much different if Hooton had chosen to run for the Liberals. Maybe I'm wrong. Perhaps, you and the other anonymous posters just don't like her period. Although most of the attacks seem to be aimed at her for her affiliation with the Tories. I don't know her and I don't live in the riding so I don't know if she's good or bad for the riding. That's up to the voters to decide.

Anonymous said...

She ought to resign. She has already let Saint John know she doesn't want to be Deputy Mayor by running for another job.

Anonymous said...

"..independent thinker" Spinks you are the most biased thinker if one can call you a thinker. Always defending Lord and even Harper and other right-wingers. You are possessed by the ghost called far-right.

Spinks said...

No need to get nasty and personal my friend.

Anonymous said...

She should take a leave of absence at least. She was a soap box last night because they were there with cameras and she performed for selfish reasons and does not care for the people. We want to be able to vote the Byelection and give her the Booten.

Anonymous said...

http://eartothegroundinfredericton.blogspot.com/

jwmcq said...

From my perspective it wouldn't really matter which Party Michelle was running for because she would not get my vote for various reasons, and they are:

1) Being on Council for one and a half years of a four year mandate does political experience make.

2)She can't seem to make up her mind. Fist voted against the LNG Tax Deal and then she waffled and stood solidly behind the deal even though the city's own solicitor informed Council that the deal they were voting for was in fact not what the City of Saint John had asked for. Yet Council, including Michelle Hooten voted in the majority for the Yea side and passed it anyway.

3) How can we trust a person who obviously had a vested interest in seeing that this tax deal went through, as we find out now she is running for the very same government who managed to pull a fast one again on the citizen's of Saint John.

It seems to me to be too convenient that the P.C. Party shoved through Bill C-70 in record speed to allow a municipality to offer a tax concession on a specific piece of property owned by one of the wealthiest family's in the world, but when it was a case of Moncton and the Molson concessions it was immediately offered by the government of N.B. and the Deputy Mayor who initially voted against the city offering such concessions is suddenly the Bernard Lord golden girl.

Funny too how we now have fellow Councillor's who also supported these tax concessions citing the fact that the city cannot afford to repair our own infrastructure due to both a declining population and tax base, and yet this same Council which included Michelle Hooten voted to give away approximately 5% of the city's tax base in the form of a concession to Irving Oil. A concession I might add that is not being extended to the rest of the ratepayer's in Saint John.

We are the one's now being told we will have to endure the risks and inconvenieces associated with this project, including the likelihood that in the near future our services will decrease again or our taxes will increase, while certain influential people will enjoy a tax holiday.

This is a government that cannot be trusted to do what is in the best interests of Saint Joher's, let alone NBer's.

jwmcq said...

Hey, I voted for Michelle Hooten in the last municipal election, as well as I voted for Norm MacFarlane, but can assure you in the last year and a half I have certainly come to realize what a huge mistake I made. I can assure everyone that I will certainly not repeat that mistake again, neither will I support anyone else on that Council who voted to shackle the City of Saint John with the burden of this tax concession for Irving Oil. I believe that what this has done is finish the job that the provincial government had started which is the financial collapse of Saint John.

The legislation which Louis Robichaud enacted called Equal Opportunites was betrayed by the passage of Bill C-70. Tax concessions of any kind, if required, needs to be the sole responsibility of the provincial government, and not downloaded onto a municipality. All this deal means is that in future this government may well attempt to entice municipalities into offering concessions to industries in order for them to consider establishing into a community. It also allows Fredericton to simply keep more of your money to waste, as they have been doing over the past 6 1/2 years.

Anonymous said...

jwmcq,Right on. Bernard Lord has screwed the whole provine and not only City of Saint John. A vote for Hooton will be vote to perpetuate Lord's incompetent government. We must not allow that to happen.

Anonymous said...

Several good points; so it is up to the people and vote to give Hooton the Booton and after this Deputy Mayor's position has run the course; she'll be lucky to get any respect from the people of Saint John. We just had a another grand standing at Council Monday; she had her video crew their to give their spin of what Saint John wants. After her speech, Councillor Court wanted to speak but the Mayor interrupted, did what he always does when he wants to stop the councillors from exprssing their opinion. This has not been an open council and now they want to change how the taxpayers vote in the city. Sorry but I see it as controlling who we can vote for. I believe in voting for the best person but they want to tell who's best and we will have limited or no say. Boot Hooten out soon, Lord later.