Monday, 26 November 2012

Burgermeister Meisterburger

I have heard it said “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”

I don’t often wish for too many things. I am quite content with my life and the people I have around me. I know that any change will cause my finely balanced life to become unbalanced. That might be a good thing, probably would be good, but I don’t do well with change as a rule. Sure I would like to win a lottery, but I suspect that after buying bigger and better things that I already have, I would simply be content in a different place. I think that’s what would happen, but it is possible that I might start wearing a tiara and tight purple pants.

I heard about what happened to Toronto’s mayor today. It seems that he has been removed from office due to a violation of the conflict of interest laws. He is planning to fight this of course and it will be interesting to see how things turn out.

What interests me is how the people that are his supporters feel today. I have a friend that believes Mayor Ford was just what the city needed and although he was going to be tough fiscally, the sacrifice would be worth it in the end. Personally I believe that politicians of all stripes are there to make the lives of the citizens better in all ways.That doesn’t seem to be the case any more, if indeed it ever was the way things were. If our best interest means the city, province or country has to go into debt, then so be it. Our politicos seem to be interested in only getting re-elected and what they can do for their corporate supporters. I am not against that as long as when they are looking after their own interests, they somehow manage to look after ours as well.

Mayor Ford always reminded me of Burgermeister Meisterburger in the stop motion Christmas show “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”. I will put both of their pictures here for comparison. The Burgermeister hated children having fun and from what little I knew about Ford he took away some of those fun things too. There was no Kris Kringle to foil Mayor Ford however. I suppose the residents of Toronto are lucky that Mr. Ford was his own foil. It should be an interesting few weeks or months as this battle is fought in the courts.
The problem with tossing someone out is that at some point you need to put another in his place. That person won’t have gone through the system that is set up to select the mayor and you just don’t know what you will get. I have lived long enough to have witnessed people being appointed as interim leaders and at best nothing gets done and at worse, bad things can happen. They might just get lucky. I am so far away from Toronto that nothing will affect me, but Maegan and others that I care for are living in the city. I know Maegan is happy tonight and I would be too. I think Toronto had some good luck today and the sooner this is over, the better.

The Burgermeister Meisterburger belongs in a cartoon, not running Canada’s largest city! 

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