You know what everyone wants? Beside that! People want leadership. They want to know that there is someone out there that is looking after things. When things need to be done, they get done. When things go wrong they are fixed.
Well all of our leaders have been replaced by committee. Nobody does anything and nothing gets fixed. Take the fiasco on the Cobequid Pass the other day. Shouldn’t somebody have had the ability to see that something was wrong and do something about it? Sure. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that you close the road at the last exit and then you proceed to the back of the line, turn people around and have them drive back the way they came. Pretty soon you are at the front and then you can deal with the problem. But, noooooooo that didn’t happen. Somehow nobody could figure out that the highway should be shut down. The plow guys that were either sitting in it or driving by it in the other lanes couldn’t figure it out. The guy sitting in the toll both wondering why he had not see a car for the last 11 hours couldn’t figure it out. The RCMP that were unable to patrol the Pass couldn’t figure it out. Heck they had to rescue two people for medical reasons, yet they still didn’t close the road until three in the morning.
So lets assume that all of these people were yelling and screaming that there was a problem. Why wasn’t something happening? The simple reason is that they couldn’t get the committee together to meet fast enough. Rather than some “leader” stepping forward and taking charge, we have a bunch of different interests saying “Not my responsibility.” Great. Nobody does anything and nobody is at fault. What a province!
The roads are just one area. Look at our Cities, Towns and Counties. John Steele, owner of Covey Island Boatworks, was quoted in the Chronicle Herald last week about his desire to re-establish his company, that was devastated by fire last August, on the Lunenburg waterfront. Even though he has submitted a plan in May of 2007, he is still in negotiation with Lunenburg Waterfront Association and the Province. “Those wheels move slowly”, he states. Slowly, geez with the noted “leaders” in both those organizations how can things move slowly. Here are properties that lie empty and a viable business, whose former employees are dying to get back to work, and possibly revitalizing the Lunenburg waterfront in the process. I think it is appalling that something hasn’t happened earlier. Give him the space for free if you have too. Get it done. What is the downside? The association forgoes rent money or purchase money? Who else is going to use it? Tourism is dying. Having a viable boat builder on the Lunenburg waterfront can only help. Give him the buildings if he gives tours for free! There are lots of options.
I don’t want to pick on Lunenburg, it is just one example of a far larger problem that has gripped our country.
Here is my idea to get a start on things. No one can sit on any committee unless they are fully capable of handling all of the projects themselves. Then at each meeting you can draw straws to see who is going to see each project to completion. After that you only have to meet when everyone is done. Will people make mistakes? Sometimes. But so what. Things will get done and committees make mistakes all the time.
Until then, I remain,
A Sour Kraut.