Courtenay City Councilor Jon Ambler tabled a motion that included “to send any Council member that is willing and able to participate to all such conferences.”
This year one of those annual conventions, the Federation of Municipal Councils, was held in Niagara Falls. After the delegates disembarked from their plane and were comfortably checked into their rooms they were welcomed to:
“Join us at the Niagara Welcome Reception and experience the natural wonder of Niagara Falls!
Niagara is one of the most attractive destinations in the world, from its rich history and beautiful parks, to the sprawling wine country. With the spectacular Niagara Falls as the backdrop, guests will experience culinary delights from Niagara’s abundance – fresh produce, tender fruits, meats, poultry and fish, and award-winning wines – at the beautiful Table Rock Welcome Centre. Guests will experience Niagara’s Fury, an immersive 4D experience – walk through the tunnels behind the Falls to observation decks at the foot of the Falls, and hear the roar of thundering water. Sprinkled throughout the Table Rock, musical gems from Niagara will be showcased that will encourage guests to discover what awaits them around every corner.”
And at their closing formal gala evening they were requested to:
“Join us for An Enchanted Evening – Gala Reinvented! This spectacular evening will feature interactive, chef-attended food stations and Niagara wine, creating a wow experience for each and every guest. Non-traditional seating will allow guests to explore, network, and dance the night away. Plan on experiencing a magical evening infused with the sights, sounds and flavours of Niagara – une soirée enchantée.”
Taxpayers paid $10,786.39 to send four of our councillors to just this one convention.
That is not the kind of leadership we are looking for. We will be voting for Larry Jangula. He voted against Ambler’s motion and refused to attend the FCM convention. That’s leadership!