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"Staying personal, I have told St. Albert residents that I would not falter and I have not; serving with sincerity, serenity, integrity and hard work. I have served my duty as a leader and I have not served as a performer playing to any gallery."

Alrighty then. Timing is everything and when the house is on fire, you don't stay in the house.

His letter couldn't be more of a self promotion if God wrote it himself.

Good riddance to St. Albert's mistake riddled Mayor who sure thinks he did a good job.

Now we must deal with his protege Heron, ugh.
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Mayor Lakszuk ....

Need a strong oppenent so that doesn't  happen. 
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Thank God! We can see the end of this reign of bullying and idiocy. Now if he would only step down early (before he is found guilty of pecuniary interest and removed from office) that would be awesome!

As Enough alluded to, we will probably see his little protege Heron running as his replacement. Hopefully we have a great option running opposite her so we can choose them and she is left with no place on council. Wouldn't that be wonderful?

As the top two councilor vote getters in the last two elections, it would be interesting if we saw Cam Mackay run against Heron. The city seems very split in its votes and ultimately in its priorities, so having these two run against each other would really give both sides an option. I believe it is important for a mayor to have prior council experience, thus I think any "new" candidate for mayor would have a tough time running against any currently sitting Councillor. Regardless, I do hope that two viable options run...I would never want to see a Mayor get in by acclamation.
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There is also a conversation developing on Facebook under a post I made on the subject there as well. It can be accessed here if you are a Facebook member.

https://www.facebook.com/DonSinclairPlmnice/posts/676243115880177?comment_id=676303109207511
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The word that made me choke was INTEGRITY. What integrity? He is the most divisive mayor ever! Dogged by lawsuits, double billing, poor financial decisions, what has this man accomplished?
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OMG:  Give him a little bit of credit, after all he tried to bring about a change in receipt filing, that is using a shoe box for record storage..............
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I cut and paste from Mayor Crouse's swan song as follows:

So as you wonder what my decision is, my decision is driven by the desire to have one more career stint; a stint that would involve the toughest challenge possible.

I don’t know exactly what that next will be, but faith and planning will point to that in due course. I will share more on that in the coming weeks.

So…running for Mayor in 2017 would require such an unusual set of circumstances that it will be very unlikely and as such I will not be planning to run.

After all we, the citizens of St. Albert, have been through with a Mayor who has lied, mismanaged, double dipped, involved with 2-3 legal cases as principal defendent, head of a Council that was continuously split, stood as Chair with the Capital Region Board practising a total lack of disregard for representing and looking after the first priority, St. Albert. Now has the nerve to take all the credits listed in his supposed goodbye press release herein.

Sorry folks. The goodbye speach sounds more like a cost effective political speach. It would not be the first time.
Also, if your wondering what "one more career stint; a stint that would involve the toughest challenge possible," is. Let me suggest that it would be an outright shame if it is as Full Time Chair of the Capital Region Board. Although, there will be some efforts on the part of those who have joined the Capital Region and all its trappings, to justify "full time" jobs to ensure that the four pillars (Infrastructure, Economic Development, Land Use and Transportation), are indeed part and parcel of a Europeon Union type structure over the next while and over all those, including St. Albert, that will need to fall in-line with what Metro Edmonton wants and disregarding our St. Albert citizens. Afterall, Crouse is still the CRB Chair. We have been informed of very little over the years inspite of "our Mayor" being CRB Chair, about the innner sanctum activities and what their impact will be on us here. Why would we be so fortunate to know anything more at this juncture?
Keep your eyes peeled. Stay tuned. There is more to come. Lord help us.
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Oh, Mr El Kabong Sir - PULLLLLLLEASE STAY!  We'll show all those naysayers how WRONNNNNNNGGGG they are!
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Could not read all the accolades he gave himself as it is total BS. Anyone who has followed politics for the last 10 years can attest to that.
Those who do not follow politics n ST Albert will most likely be eating out of the hand of this master of manipulation.
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It looks like the pecuniary interest lawsuit was the final straw for Crouse.  Hence it seems that Steve Stone deserves a special thanks.  After all, it was Mr. Stone who had the intestinal fortitude to step up to the plate and call Crouse on his pecuniary interest violations.  

Additionally, it looks like the political/legal wizards that said the pecuniary interest lawsuit was not a problem for Crouse might have been more accurate in their divinations if they had first read the pleadings.
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would the Capital Regional Board really want a full time employee who has so much baggage?

If this pecuniary interest case shows his guilt, how could he possibly be someone any reputable company would want............

and yet....

I think we all know he wouldn't have announced this without having an end game.

It's frightens me to fathom what that may be. Haven't we all suffered enough?
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Confronted by an Inspection by Municipal Affairs and a Court case for being in conflict of interests, Crouse announces that he is not going to run for Mayor in the next election.  Having made himself a lame duck for the next 10 months, the Crouse/Heron support gang appear to be in shock and anxious to deflect the conversation.  Consequently they are dredging up old issues from the last municipal election and going into full attack mode in relation to Councillor MacKay who, it seems, they recognize could be Crouse’s successor.  

Their attempt to resurrect the issues surrounding the St. Albert Think Tank and the Election Action Committee some two years after the event would seem to indicate that either they are experiencing intellectual bankruptcy or they have entered a state of denial as they reminisce about the days of old. Complaining that the authors are anonymous when they have no argument against the substance of the Think Tank essays (probably because they never read the articles) and then extrapolating that complaint into some wild conspiracy theory, creates concerns as to whether the complainants have retained any connection whatsoever with planet earth.

Further, their complaints about Councillor MacKay are so superficial and trivial that their attempts to elevate them into serious shortcomings comes across as sanctimonious hypocrisy.  All of us have misstated the facts at some time in our life but it is the person of reputability who is prepared to publish an apology to his constituents in the local newspaper.  Most of us have had busy lives and have had to set priorities.  Therefore, if a Councillor does not have the time to attend non-mandatory meetings because of commitments to his job and family, sensible people understand that this does not derogate from his ability to deal with the important issues confronting Council.  

Possibly the Crouse/Heron gang would do better for their cause if they explained (a) why we need chickens in our back yard, (b) why Heron voted to keep Draper when the 6 other Councillors decided he needed to be let go; (c) why it was necessary to vote for a superfluous traffic circle and road to nowhere, (d) why it was necessary to vote down a motion to connect increases in City Staff to population growth, (e) why it was considered a good idea to allow recreation vehicles to be parked on neighbourhood roads when there would be no effective way to check if they were insured,  (f) why they think it is a good idea to support a plan to spend 1 billion plus on putting a railroad down the centre of St. Albert Trail and (g) why it was necessary to create the false narrative that City employees were afraid to come to work because of  City Councillors’ abuse of staff and then never publish an apology in the Gazette when this narrative was proven to have no foundation in fact.  

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Crouse has not ruled out a bid to run for the Liberal leadership! I didn't know he was a Liberal! How much energy has he put into promoting the Liberal party? Maybe he just flips from party to party as the opportunity arises?
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Maybe he just flips from party to party as the opportunity arises?

I call it lily padding. As the lily pad a frog is sitting on starts to sink it jumps to the next lily pad. Then when that one starts to sink it jumps.... You get the idea....
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That's a great analogy. Just fits!
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Well, well, well, well, well........karma??
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Indeed.

Were the Fab Four so confident that Municipal Affairs would not conduct an inspection that Heron moved a motion to ask them to do one, fully expecting them to say no and lay any concerns to rest? 

Speculation I know, but quite possible, non?
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It's always interesting to read Crouse's public statements to determine as to whether there is any semblence of logic emanating from the man's mind whatsoever. In his latest press release in the Gazette, He says:

1. He is not being driven out of office;
2. He wants to complete a land deal for the park and ride, develop a land strategy for an arena, library, and fire hall, and get a boundary adjustment with Sturgeon County
3. In order to best acheive the foregoing objectives, he is announces now that he is not going to run again and makes himself a lame duck for the next 10 months.

I assume he thinks that the general public is so stupid that they can't construct the more likely scenerio which is this: since he has no viable defence to the pecuniary interest charges and since the Municipal Inspection is occuring because Municipal Affairs Minister has some stong concerns about corruption or gross incompetence, his best strategy is to announce his retirement and get out.

By announcing his retirement now rather than a few weeks before the election when such announcements normally occur, he can pretend it has nothing to do with his problems and plead for leniency from the Courts and the Municipal Inspectors.

 

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Indeed.

Were the Fab Four so confident that Municipal Affairs would not conduct an inspection that Heron moved a motion to ask them to do one, fully expecting them to say no and lay any concerns to rest? 

Speculation I know, but quite possible, non?


Heron is on record with the Gazette as saying: "

“This whole term has been plagued by infighting,” she said, noting other councils often have disagreement but aren't as public about it as St. Albert council appears to be. “We're getting work done regardless of that, but unfortunately it's going to be forever this council's reputation.

She said the motion she put forward calling for a ministerial inspection of the city, along with changes to the council code of conduct, are ways she has tried to overcome those challenges."

Translation: Relying on her instructions from Draper, (who she met with on an almost daily basis) she did two things:
1. she brought a motion to change the councillors code of conduct to prevent them from taking their disagrements with other councillors directly to the general public. and

2. She brought a motion to ask for the Municipal Inspection because (a) Draper had said previously that he would welcome an inspection and (b) she and Draper thought by third partying this to Municipal Affairs everything would be smoothed over within the bureaucratic fraternity.

So the question for the future is this: do we want someone being Mayor who tries to inhibit fellow councillors from freely discussing issues with their constituents, and (b) is prepared to work with the Bureaucracy in hopes that this will result in a cover up of an obvious case of cronyism???

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Heron has always supported Crouse and Draper. The 2 most problematic people are the ones Heron supports and takes her marching orders from. The dysfunctional council is not because of councillors but is initiated from the top. The split on council .....the Crouse side vs the others is so evident and has not been good for this council. The 2 people to blame are Crouse and Draper.

No exclamation marks.
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It will be interesting to see if anyone on council, during today's meeting, questions Crouse on his motive for how he handled the inspection issue.

One councillor told me, and I quote, "He (Crouse) has been telling council for months now that the province would not investigate as there were no real issues here. This was going on in conjunction with Heron's public statements that she moved the provincial inspection motion to show the public and members of council that there were no real issues as well."

When the inspection was formally announced it must have surprised Crouse and his supporters, but why did he not inform fellow council members? Or did he inform 'just some' councillors? Hard to tell for sure, but possible, nevertheless.

It is just one more example of poor leadership in my opinion.
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Don, do have a link to the formal announcement? I have missed this somehow.

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Sorry Kevin, but I do not. As I understand it, the formal announcement was made only to the mayor on December 19, 2016, who copied it and put it in the correspondence files package of councillors.

The fact that such an announcement even existed was given to me by way of an email from a Gary Sandburg who is an official at municipal affairs when he mentioned it in an email to the St. Albert Citizen's Coalition on January 3, 2017. That email was sent to me and published in the January 8, 2017 edition of SAP. Link: 

http://mybirdie.ca/files/fab982dc1bdef21a7f38b3a9f296a219-1839.html

There is a screen shot (below) of the email as I published it that day.

I am left wondering why it was given such low priority by the mayor, thus my questions in today's issue.

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Head Honcho:  This is just another example of CROUSE doing what he does best  and that is manipulation. We now have an individual in  a cage and he has no corner to seek,,,,,,,,,,,,,he has only himself to blame for this mess
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