For the last few years a red flag has been flying in front of our eyes. A dangerous flag that not only takes the sovereignty from this city’s residents, but gives the mayor and present council a blueprint of how to develop St. Albert. Leadership is not required. Thought is not required. Only the determination to implement a non-elected, non-government entity’s plan is needed. Additional criteria required is the ability to pick and choose the points that local government believes they can incorporate without too much fuss from its residents. The other points will fall into place over time.
It is a plan that is being duplicated worldwide. Some municipalities have woken up to its dangers. Some are familiar with history’s repeated failures of this plan. Some have withdrawn their support as they see the danger in what is transpiring. And more are in the process of severing ties to an entity that consumes taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars – dollars that should be going towards the community they live in and not to an unelected non-governmental organization (NGO) that is regulating and ruling their lives. Yet St. Albert’s mayor – Mayor Nolan Crouse – officially signed St. Albert on in March of 2010.
What is this that St. Albert residents are not aware of? What is it that St. Albert residents work so hard to fund and receive nothing in return? What is it that screams of not requiring leadership – only a token figurehead to implement it?
It is called the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, also known as ICLEI.
Presently headquartered in Bonn, Germany, this non-governmental organization (NGO) was created by the United Nations in 1990. As its goals became known, it developed and partnered with a variety of national and international organizations to gain further foothold in local communities. A few of these found in Canada are:
- Associations of Local Governments (i.e. Alberta Urban Municipalities)
- Environment Canada
- Federation of Canadian Municipalities
- Natural Resources Canada
- Partners for Climate Protection
ICLEI’s blueprints encompass all aspects of a community’s function. And taxpayers fund this. Some of the most notable ones affecting St. Albert, and coming straight from this NGO’s blueprint are:
- Economic Development and Home of Community Sustainability
- Master Plans
- Public-Private Partnerships
- Smart Growth
- Strategic Partnerships
When NGO’s start governing communities, people should be more than concerned about what is happening to their way of life, what their hard-earned dollars are being used for, where those dollars are going, as well as what is happening to the validity of the electorate system.
We need thinking people at the helm. We need people who have local interest at heart. Puppets are expensive toys that blatantly reinforce that leadership is not required.
******************************************************************************** Stabnow has set out a new category for this very in-depth topic, as it can not adequately be covered in one simple article. The information will be worthwhile for local residents to pursue and consider before they head to the polls in October. Check out “Leadership” under “Categories” on the right-hand side of the page for continued updates and analysis.
Stabnow would also like to send out a special thanks to the astute reader who made us aware of this.
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