ALMOST EVERY WEEK I read a comment or have someone tell me how disappointed he or she is with a particular councillor or two. And by way of explanation they say something along the lines of: “We elected that councillor to represent everyone in Kamloops. They should vote accordingly.”
What they’re really saying is that a particular councillor didn’t cast their vote the way they wanted them to. Ergo, politicians are selfish, don’t listen to the people, are motivated by [insert the appropriate-for-the-moment left or right] political philosophies and should remember they represent all the people of Kamloops.
The definition of representing all of the people is a dynamic descriptor though and seems to shift and change depending on how well a councillor matches one’s own personal opinion at any particular time.
Councillors do seem to represent all of Kamloops when one’s opinion is in perfect harmony with the politico in question. But accusations will fly when that harmony becomes, well, becomes disharmonious.
Bill McQuarrie is a Kamloops entrepreneur. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. He tweets @bafflegabbed.