I don’t usually write to the paper but recently read some news, which I find very irresponsible.
According to his Facebook post on Jan. 30, Morgan Nagel announced his intention to run for MLA for the UCP party in this next election – later confirmed in the Cochrane Eagle article of Feb. 1.
I voted for Morgan Nagel, put a sign on my front lawn and follow(ed) him on Facebook, largely due to his fiscal restraint and mandate to not cost taxpayers frivolous expenditures.
He states, “A large number of people have been approaching me and asking me to consider running.”
I question this statement, as the large number of people would be primarily Cochrane voters, that I am sure are not anxious to spend a bunch of money on a byelection only months after voting Mr. Nagel in for a second term! Neither do I rationalize that the money will be compensated in savings at the provincial level due to his unique influence.
I noticed Morgan Nagel at the Peter Guthrie for UCP MLA event on Jan. 27, and assumed he was there to support him, as I was. It is now evident to me that his political aspirations were with provincial politics long before he put his name forward to run for council in the municipal election this past fall.
When questioned of his intent regarding the UCP prior to the town election, he neglected to reply. At the time, I felt I should persevere with my ballot, not wanting to be influenced by conjecture. If he is sincere in his promises to the people of our fair town, he should honour his commitment and finish out his term, or never have put his name in for re-election in the first place.
I prefer to support candidates who honour their commitments and regard politics as a duty not a stepping-stone. If he continues in his pursuit of UCP MLA, he should immediately resign from his position as councillor, a ruling that the City of Calgary is currently debating in its own bylaws.
He states he will immediately be stepping down from his role with the constituency association; the same conflict of interest, access to materials, and abuse of position can be argued for both roles. How can he effectively serve to “continue to work hard as a town councillor up until the provincial election in 2019,” while actively campaigning?
The average person doesn’t have the luxury of openly pursuing other opportunities while still drawing a paycheque from their current employer. I view this situation as an absolute affront and preconceived dereliction of duty.
I certainly will not support him if he chooses to move forward in a bid for UCP MLA for our jurisdiction or elsewhere.