• Dave Weir

What We Share

Updated: Mar 17

I remember when I was running for municipal office a few years ago, a friend, a man I have a lot of respect for took me aside and said, look Dave, what you need to know in these parts is that you have a choice, you have a choice between having friends and saying what you think.

That might be true but I don't think it's okay, it needs to change.

I've been speaking to a lot of people, a few hundred of them, and some clear themes, clear ideas, have surfaced. One of those ideas is lateral violence, bullying, being afraid to speak your mind for fear of repercussions down the road.

I'll be honest this is near and dear to my heart because it's hurt me, and it's hurt my family, my boys. But I know now that it's not just about me, that it's hurt a lot of people.

Now you might be wondering what does this have to do with an election. Well I think there are two things going on here. One is that if we recognize issues it’s a first vital step toward resolving them. I also think leaders have the ability to set the tone, to set a direction, be it good or bad.

We've all seen south of the border what happens when things spiral out of control, how bad it can get.

I'd like to see a positive example here, and to this end, I want to start out this election by recognizing my opponents and thanking them. The coming weeks are likely to focus a lot on what our differences are, but maybe we could start by looking at some of the things we have in common.

Wade, I'd like to thank you for your years of service to these communities. It's clear to me that one of the things we share is how much we care about this place, how much we care about our community, and how much we love the land it sits on. Thank you Wade.

Luke I'd like to start out by thanking you for throwing your hat in the ring. You are formidable. I look forward to getting to know you a little bit, but from what I've read I can tell that we share a commitment to being honest and real with people. Thank you Luke.

To both Wade and Luke, I invite you to sit down with me. To share a beer or a cup of tea. To talk and find the common ground between us. To focus on what brings us together. I know this is a very busy time for all of us, but I’m just asking for an hour of your time. I think that we have an opportunity here, for all of us to demonstrate that we can build bridges, that no matter our political stripe, we can do things a better way.

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