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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 25, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba A4 June 2002 OPINION 121st Year 155 OUR VIEW Atkinson will answer to voters for casino stance The mayors stand on the casino issue has raised an ageold ques tion about Do voters select a candidate who bases decisions on personal views or one who tries to decide what is best for the majority in a community Many Brandonites have that question recently in regards to Mayor Reg Atkinsons open opposition to a native run They feel politicians should set aside personal opinions or biases when voting on important issues and stand up for the collective good of the community as seen by the The mayors casino position appears to be at odds with a consensus favouring economic development projects and tourism destinations for While Atkinsons stance provides us with a tutorial in political it may end up giving the mayor an unwel come lesson in responsible Ultimately voters will have a say on the with some thinks gambling is a suckers He has a according to the law of large numbers which rules the gaming Odds favour the so the mayor doesnt favour He also has his doubts about urban reserves that come with such casinos in There are others who see casino gambling as a bit of fun for responsible It is a legitimate business that generates millions of dollars in tourism revenue and attracts visitors from hun dreds of kilometres Many would suggest that we already have all sorts of gambling in this city from lottery to bingos to video lottery A casino would just add a little variety to the games of chance that already proponents We are also reminded the urban reserve is a requirement of the provin cial government not the people who seek to run the gambling establish is it the will of the individual or the will of the majority that ought to govern a mayors vote at a council meet ing Edmund a conservatives con servative with a monumental distrust for direct democracy in 18th Century would stand up for Your representative owes not his industry but his judgment and he betrays instead of serving you if he sac rifices it to your To say the Burke was not keen on leaving weighty decisions to com mon Thomas was a liberals lib eral with a little more optimism in a land of opportunity and faith in direct democracy at about the same When a man assumes a public he should consider himself as a public Jefferson had a little more faith in voters and the will of the Speaking of voters and games of chance the mayor faces an election this That means that the voters will make the ultimate decision on responsible Each can ask one question before casting a ballot Does the mayor speak for me No matter what Atkinson says or does on the casino he will have to answer for the In October the voters of Brandon will decide on which form of responsi ble government they LOOKING BACK RCMP Musical Ride comes to Provincial Exhibition SIXTY YEARS AGO Field Marshal Erwin Rommels invasion armies have plunged more than 60 miles into British head quarters said after British troops fell back in heavy allday fighting yes Safeway celebrates its 13th anniver sary with the following specials gum 15 popped bushel 25 cents fresh lemon top or long 15 Laurel pure 2 cents Prairie Rose or Manco creamery 3 sliced side half cents shoulder 25 10 ripe 2 cents Bing 25 FIFTY YEARS AGO Engines machine guns chat tered and the white umbrellas of para chutes floated downward as more than visitors to the Armed Forces day program at Rivers watched the final fly ing The dedication of the supply building was a highlight of the Four alternative routes for the Trans Canada highway through Brandon are under Willie former manager of the nowdefunct Winnipeg will take over as manager of the Brandon FORTY YEARS AGO The famous RCMP Musical Ride will perform in Brandon at the Provincial Exhibition next Participating will be former Brandon Sea Cadet Silvere Charles who had his start with International Harvester as a clerk in Brandon in has been elected Alex a youthful schoolteacher will take over the duties of probation officer for the western judi cial regional with head office in THIRTY YEARS AGO Hillcrest Brandons newest pri vatelyrun personal care home for senior held its official opening this Situated at 930 26th Hillcrest includes both single and dou ble a lounge laundry and kitchen TWENTY YEARS AGO Simplot Chemical was fined on charges of polluting the Assiniboine River this Cam Henry of Oak River was cho sen as Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year by the Brandon and District Jaycees last Henry and his wife Denise operate a 800hectare farm where they grow pedigree seed and raise Burger King Canada has taken over the operation of its Brandon outlet from franchise owner Reg TEN YEARS AGO To combat the rising trend of domes tic Brandon City Police have begun work on establishing a specia unit to deal strictly with handling such Tornadoes hit southern Manitoba for the second time in three The twisters were spotted in areas near Pilot Mound anc Riding Mountain National From the files of The Brandon NATIONAL VIEWPOINT Prime minister lands many opponents in single session BY CHANTAL HEBERT For The Sun OTTAWA Prime Minister Jean who start ed off the year without a fulltime official Opposition leader to cross swords has had the dubious plea sure of acquiring two since While Stephen Harper has just become the nominal leader of the it is Paul Martin who is now best poised to assume that The former finance ministers plan to sketch out his vision for the country over the next few months has already stung Chretiens laidback government into untypical highprofile The loss by Chretien of his most popular minister was by far the worst hit the government took since January and it was one which the official opposition did not even have a sup porting By the same byelection losses endured by the Liberals in two formerly safe seats last month had more to do with Chretiens somewhat cavalier treatment of veteran Liberal incumbents than with the performance of the victori ous NDP and Tory with so much government blood spilled over the past the opposition can claim credit for some Liberal in particular the summary execution of former defence minister Art and the return of former pub lic works minister Don Boudria to the oblivion of his old House leaders That being the dominating opposition figure of the past six months was not the brainy Stephen Harper or the per sistent Joe Clark or the everearnest Alexa McDonough but rather John the former interim leader of the Canadian In the midst of a divisive leadership Reynolds managed to keep the Alliance ship going in the Commons with uncommon For he deserves an although the strength of his question period performance probably overshadowed Harpers own debut last The new Canadian Alliance leader could hardly have start ed off under more auspicious Back in the prime minister boasted he had spent a weekend brushing up on Harpers past the better to score early points against It is testimony to Chretiens difficulties that he has had so few occasions to use his But Harper will soon have to find a way to put the talent of the former Alliance dissidents to some The spectacle of some of the best talent of the official opposition marking time in the back row does not make for a dynamic He will also have to polish his communica tion His comments on the socalled defeatist attitude of Maritimers failed the basic test of reaching out to a larger audience with challenging Considering Chretiens own shaky debut in the same oppo sition capacity more than a decade a probationary B minus to Even as the Parti Quebecois has been going the Bloc Quebecois has recently seen its support edge up signifi Martins stormy departure from cabinet has more to do with the Blocs improving fortunes than the partys and frankly hounding of the government on C is the appropriate mark for students who are only coasting along until final and it is what Gilles Duceppe The NDP has had its best spring in winning a byelec tion and rising slightly in the But McDonough never had as good a day as leader as when she announced her For that and for the consistency of her a final The Tories come to the summer break in worse shape than when they Joe Clarks attempt at wooing Alliance dis sidents has Of he has allowed as much uncertainty to set in over his intentions for the next election as the Prime As this Parliament edges toward the midway the Tories remain more at the mercy of in particular a Martin victory over than any of the other opposi tion parties except for the With a Clark should not go on to the next grade in September unless he does a lot of summer Given the fratricidal battle that is heating up within the Liberal the summer will bring no relief to the divided Between now and next Februarys Liberal things may yet take a turn for the But the governing party may also come to a satisfactory resolution of its internal problems in good time for the next After did not the Alliance manage to put similar trou bles behind it over the past year Before patting themselves on the back for a job decently all opposition parties should keep in mind that the Liberals have never been as hard at work on their behalf as they have been since Chantal Hebert is a national affairs LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Casino vote brings answers I have followed the casino question with considerable inter What does an Urban Reserve mean Why did the government stipulate that requirement Why does Yorkton have five reserves There must be more than just taxes to the If there is a plebiscite it would be nice to have some points to I think the city should pursue the mental hospital grounds as a location for the provincial womens GERALD MacKAY Brandon Glenn Johnson Editor and Director of Readership Development Gordon Wright City Editor Jim Lewthwarte News Editor The Sun welcomes your signed Please send them to 501 Rosser R7A send us a fax at 7270385 or an email message at [email protected] Include a phone number for We reserve the right to edit for spelling and good BRANDON Serving Western Manitoba Since Published Daily except The Brandon Sun is a Division of FP Canadian Newspapers Limited 501 Rosser R7A Member of The Canadian Audit Bureau of The Canadian Newspaper Publishers Manitoba Press Canadian Publishers Mail Product Sales Agreement Bill Chester General Manager and Interim Advertising Director Colleen Gabrlelle Business Manager Rudy Redekop President and Publisher The Brandon Sun is a member of the Manitoba Press If you have a complaint about this or any other member please forward it to the Press 1032015 Portage MB R3J ;