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We Need Elected Officials Who Can Rise Above The Noise


In the ever-changing landscape of politics, it is disheartening to witness the lack of visionary leadership among our elected officials. The recent flip-flopping of opinions, such as Wab changing his stance on the carbon tax at the First Minister's meeting, is just one symptom of a much larger problem plaguing our political arena. What we are witnessing is not just a single issue; it is a pervasive trend of reactionary decision-making that permeates all levels of government.


It seems that our politicians today base their decisions on fleeting trends, social media pressures, and the demands of vocal activists rather than on a well-thought-out, long-term vision. The consequence? Our leaders are no longer shaping policies based on what is truly best for the people they represent. Instead, they echo the sentiments of the loudest and most persistent group, leaving us to wonder: Where is the foresight? Where is the strategic planning for our collective future?


Take, for example, the alarming rise in violent crime that has plagued Winnipeg for the past decade. Elected officials pay lip service to the importance of making our downtown safe, yet their promises lack substance. Mayor Gillingham vaguely asserts that a safer downtown will boost ticket sales for the Jets, while Premier Kinew adopts a tough-on-crime stance without presenting a concrete vision of what 'safe' truly means. How long will it take to achieve this safety? What are the key performance indicators that will signal progress? The absence of clear answers to these questions highlights the dire need for a vision that goes beyond mere rhetoric.


A clear, well-defined vision is not a luxury; it is a fundamental necessity in governance. It provides a roadmap for the future, offering guidance to policies, decisions, and actions in a unified direction. It articulates our collective aspirations and goals, laying the foundation for progress and development. A vision inspires us, gives us purpose, and fosters a sense of national unity. Moreover, it empowers governments to prioritize their efforts, allocate resources efficiently, and address pressing issues effectively.


In the private sector, we understand the importance of setting clear objectives and goals is crucial. Strategic plans are meticulously crafted to align with the objectives, allowing us to measure our progress as we work toward our vision. The same principle can be applied to government if we elect leaders who possess genuine vision, not just empty promises.


It is time for a change. We, the citizens, must demand more from our elected officials. We need leaders who can rise above the noise, articulate a compelling vision for our future, and have the courage to stand by their convictions. We deserve leaders who are not swayed by the latest social media trend or the demands of the vocal few. Only then can we truly work towards a safer, prosperous, and harmonious tomorrow.


In the absence of visionary leadership, we risk drifting aimlessly, reacting to the whims of the moment rather than shaping our destiny. Let us demand more from our elected officials. Let us demand vision, accountability, and a steadfast commitment to the well-being of our community. Our future depends on it.

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