The recent opinion column by Gord Henderson is an unfortunate example of the divisive nature of politics in Windsor. The “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” mentality prevails with Drew Dilkens and his base.
Suggesting that some councillors are “eager to see” him “fail” is an interesting and incendiary accusation. I would suggest that statement from our mayor is no more than baseless hyperbolic rhetoric meant to excuse future failures. Dilkens doesn’t understand that simply opposing his agenda does not equate to wishing failure upon him.
It seems to me the “people” who are “doing the math” about “seizing control of the civic agenda” are the mayor and his allies. Most of us are concerned for the greater good of our city, not political agendas or personal visions.
It’s foolhardy propaganda to suggest that our current mayor has a “strong city wide mandate” given the 35.21% voter turnout in the most recent municipal election. Sadly, it is a fact that some people do not vote. Regardless, Dilkens has an obligation to consider the concerns of all of his constituents whether or not they voted.
The message sent in the most recent municipal election is that councillors who simply nod their heads when expected to do so by the mayor is not acceptable behaviour. We expect our councillors to represent our interests even when we don’t agree with the agenda or vision of the mayor. Dilkens stating “If I fail, we all fail” is very much telling of the attitude of our mayor.
Unfortunately in Windsor it isn’t about true collaboration or comprehensive constituent input. For Dilkens it’s about people supporting his particular vision for the city whether we agree or not. It’s about not whining and getting on the train. Until he loses that attitude we all lose.