McQUARRIE – Caution – Danger, Children At Work

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IT HAS BECOME OBVIOUS, at least to an outsider, that power, control, and public spectacle have replaced substance, good government, and management at Kamloops City Hall.

As I’ve watched from afar, churlish often came to mind when thinking of the recent behavior of your city’s elected officials and senior management.

In fact, could you imagine any of the nine elected representatives using their behavior and resulting media coverage as a showcase for their next election campaign? Or for senior management to include in their resume, mention of their active defiance of the wishes of elected officials?

And thinking of last year’s campaign, I thought it might be entertaining for us to spend a few moments together traveling back in time. Not too far into the past, just five months ago to the All Candidates’ forum.

But before we get there, I must remind readers that you have seen the childlike behavior of the future, so please, no giggling as you grab a seat on this magical mystery tour and watch and listen to candidates describe their vision for a better Kamloops.

You will note that throughout the entire evening not one contender for the centre table throne or the cherished seats at The Councillors of The Round Table, hints to the backstabbing temper tantrums and foot-stomping hissy fits they will throw when they don’t get their way or must work with people they don’t like or agree with.

When asked, no one suggests they will not attend or walk out of meetings when they don’t feel the adoration of their peers. No one discusses their plans to call pouty face press conferences at City Hall that are the equivalent of threatening to hold one’s breath until they turn blue or get their way. And no one mentions the exclusionary and Machiavellian styled whisper campaign strategy meetings.

It is difficult not to laugh or perhaps cry as we watch the false promises and faked assurances of being able to work together on contentious issues. There is almost a swagger to the candidates’ speeches when they talk of their consensus building skills and the need to work together for the common good of Kamloops.

But imagine if our time travel abilities allowed us to play videos of what became of those promises. What would happen if the October 2022 audience had a sneak preview of the 2023 news coverage and stark realism found in the council meeting tapes?

Would anyone vote for the junior-high like behavior you’ve been witnessing? A place where petty jealousies, clique-based friendships, and adolescent-like insecurities have formed a poisonous atmosphere that does nothing but attempt to serve the self-interests and egos of nine elected officials and a handful of senior managers.

Would anyone have voted for these people if they knew how irrelevant they, the voter, would quickly become?

I don’t think anyone really cares who the current crop of children at City Hall like or don’t like or who they can and cannot work with. Or how their egos and sense of self-worth have been bruised and victimized.

This sophomoric playground needs to be cleared of all children and returned to adults who know why they were elected or hired and who they work for.

Bill McQuarrie is a former magazine publisher, photojournalist and entrepreneur. Semi-retired and now living in Port McNeill, you can reach him at

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3 Comments on McQUARRIE – Caution – Danger, Children At Work

  1. Just to be clear I thought the ex-newspaper publisher with extensive business experience was going to be a good one hence I voted for him. The mayor to be, a decent guy by all counts as far as I am concerned, was funny, engaging, down to earth albeit a touch out in left field. The rest I would’ve not voted for even if I had a dagger pointed at my heart. I knew they weren’t good, at all. So I guess next time, before voting, check in with me please!
    Mr. McQarrie it is good to read stuff from you again. Hope you are well. Take care.

  2. John Noakes // March 22, 2023 at 11:45 AM // Reply

    Is the Unholy Alliance of Eight being held together by the weak adhesion of resentment for a common enemy?
    It may not be long until one or two of them will realize the taste of the glue may seem sweet to the mouth but will end up causing a great upset once swallowed.
    Look for anger and resentment to be turned inwards upon each other.

  3. Sheila Park // March 22, 2023 at 9:09 AM // Reply

    Please folks stop denigrating children.
    Sadly to say our council all nine are grown ups behaving badly.
    Council. Mayor included. You are on a team. Work together. One team member does not throw in a new play without discussing it with team mates and the coaching staff.
    Get sorted because your end game affects all Kamloops citizens and the running of our city.
    To city staff – thank you for working in, around and through this mess.
    To the press – stay out of it. This may help get things sorted. Stop searching for little sound bites that may improve your ratings. You are not Fox Fiction.

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