Opinion: Council needs candidates with no political party ties

WITH the impending local government elections, battlelines are forming for the roles of councillors and mayor.

There seems to be an increasing and disturbing tendency for the main political parties to run candidates in these elections.

Here in Canning we have a candidate with connections to the Greens and another who is a recycled Liberal Party candidate for the State electorate of Cannington.

We have to ask ourselves if this is what we want: do we want petty, party political squabbling in council?

Do we really want a factionalised council run by a political party?

Do we want councillors who are lap dogs for political parties?

The questions are rhetorical – of course, we do not.

If we have a council controlled by councillors affiliated with the Liberal Party we again run the risk of Canning being decimated and split between neighbouring local governments.

Colin Barnett has made it quite clear that local government amalgamations are not off the agenda.

We should also be wary of electing any members of the former council.

Although these people will trumpet their financial abilities to run a lean and mean organisation, these people caused the City of Canning to be run by Commissioners.

They left us vulnerable and unable to defend ourselves adequately against the State Government’s amalgamation plans.

We need a council comprised of “cleanskins”, with no past history and no political affiliations.

We need people who will put the residents and ratepayers before all else, whatevertheir political aspirations or a need to prove a point.

We must all vote and choose carefully as our decisions will determine the future of the City of Canning.

MAGGIE SMITH,

4 Tillman Place, Wilson.