When Councillor (Dunstan)Browne (District of North Saanich) refuses to listen to a presentation from one resident saying: “Quite frankly, I don’t care what Mr. Harrison says,” he shows ignorance of the principles of democracy and is doing nothing but misusing power.
To rely on a flawed survey that serves his own intention, disregarding a broader survey from residents, reveals a lack of leadership.
Leadership is about serving people, not silencing them.
Power always bears the potential for abuse. Only the humble are worthy of power.
Unfortunately the opposite often happens: the more power a person gains the more arrogant he becomes. To avoid falling into this trap, you have to listen with an open heart to those you should serve. To close your mind is the first sign of downfall.
Those who value people who have a different opinion, and can come up with a compromise will be seen as competent leaders. It could well be that somebody else sees something you don’t like to see, but should.
If you want to be remembered as a capable leader, you have to give residents a meaningful voice in the decision-making process. We have to protect our resources and make wise decisions for generations to come.