ROTHENBURGER – When politicians cry, it doesn’t mean they’re crybabies

Outgoing councillors Tina Lange and Donovan Cavers pause for a hug as they say their farewells to City Hall. (Image: Screenshot, City of Kamloops)


Well, yes they do. It was quite the tear fest during the final meeting of the outgoing Kamloops City council this week. I don’t recall seeing anything like it before — usually, departing politicians give a brief farewell and go quietly into the night.

This one was different. Several members of council were in their very last meeting, for their time had expired, and they were sad.

Some people think politicians who cry are weak; they think it’s sappy. They even question their sincerity; they say politicians who shed tears can’t be trusted. But there was nothing weak or insincere about what happened at the council meeting. I found it touching.

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Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at


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