Mayor Baldwin: You were wrong to call in RCMP into Council Chambers to initimidae seniors, and you were wrong about the Regional Growth Strategy legally obligating White Rock to grow. It is time to apologize!
First he threatens to call the RCMP to take Margaret Woods away when he does not get his apology for unspecified “offensive language” which did not happen, then he intimidates the seniors in the room by calling into Council Chambers armed uniformed and plainclothes RCMP Constables on five separate occasions so far this year alone.
Second, the Mayor misrepresented the facts about the Regional Growth Strategy, and when his own witnesses corrected him, he tried unsuccessfully to lead his own witnesses.
Now the Mayor claims that it is the Residents of White Rock that are misrepresenting the facts! See today’s Peace Arch News: Mayor Baldwin Rejects Petition Asking for his Resignation.
Sorry Mr. Baldwin but we just do not believe you. Yours is an infantile and vacuous argument, a story full of sound and fury, signifying Nothing. To first bully upstanding senior women followed-up by insulting residents is both juvenile and wrong.
Your behaviour is reminiscent of the School yard Bully: Having beating up a couple of kids in the playground, when the bully gets caught by the principal he claims that all those kids with the bloody noses are the real liars, even as the bully himself wipes the blood from his fists. Voters expect more from their Mayor.
Enough with the insults and unsupported claims, please present your 5-page “Legal Opinion” for all to see if it exists. How can anyone believe you when you have yet to present any supporting evidence to any of your claims, and even your own witnesses contradict you? Don’t be that Bully who lies to the principal, be the Mayor we all know you can be. White Rock deserves that.
The Mayor’s response? “I have absolutely no reason to resign”
For the Mayor to state this as the Accused, Judge, and Jury can only be described as a conflict of interest and makes a mockery of democracy in White Rock. Proper procedure would dictate that the Mayor step out of the room while the Deputy Mayor and City Council vote on whether the Petition asking for his resignation has any merit or not.
The Mayor says that the petition, which asks for the Mayor’s resignation over the Mayor’s statements that the Regional Growth Strategy legally obligates White Rock to grow by 7000 residents, “has no basis in fact”. Strange because the Fact is that this Petition is based on the Mayor’s own words.
Now the Mayor states in the Oct 7th Peace Arch News story that the RGS is only a guideline, contradicting his earlier statements, yet he insists that his previous statement that the RGS is legally binding is also the truth. The RGS cannot be both a simple guideline and legally binding at the same time. It’s not that complicated!
Was the Mayor correct to reject the petition calling for his resignation? Or should he have stepped out to let the rest of the Council decide? What do you think?