A meeting was held last April 16 to discuss citizen participation at the town or municipal level with the OEDC’s Committee for the Advancement of Practices.
There were two guests of honour: Mr. Gaston Michaud, a man who’s invested in his community and is a fervent defender of local development; and Mr. Michel Plourde, the Mayor of Danville, who performs his duties as an elected official with an open mind.
It’s important to mention that communities are structured differently than municipalities. However, if all the council members manage to pool their qualifications, skills and know-how, we’re in business!
If elected officials and citizens combine forces, if they acknowledge their complementary skills and demonstrate openness and understanding, we’ll have to add a few chairs at Municipal Council meetings.
Humour plays a crucial role in all this, as does the political will and flexibility to see an idea or project change along the way. Leaders don’t all have a seat on the municipal council, but they can be our allies. Generally, they know how to turn ideas into action and are more familiar with the history of the municipality and its residents than anyone else.
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