That’s me, David Climenhaga, candidate for St. Albert City Council, handing over my nomination papers yesterday morning to city Chief Legislative Officer Chris Belke. Below: Checking my papers one last time; pausing at the entrance to the East Boardroom of St. Albert Place, where yesterday’s democratic action took place.
“In for a penny, in for a pound” was the phrase in my mind yesterday morning as I filed my nomination at St. Albert Place.
Like any sensible person, I pity the man who hasna’ heard the pipes o’ Bonny Scotland, and the skirl of a distant piper never fails to send a shiver of delight up and down my spine.
Still, I’ll admit that even without bagpipes nearby my heart beat a little faster to be playing a role in our Canadian democracy.
So it’s official – unless I get cold feet by noon today, that is, and given my mood tonight and the green election signs still in the garage, that’s unlikely – my name will be on the St. Albert City Council ballot on Oct. 21.
Now, I should cautiously note that my reference to “in for a penny,” etc., is just a metaphor for, as the Wictionary explains it, “having started something, one must see it through to its end.”
One would hate to hand certain intemperate St. Albert bloggers – who have already found plenty of reasons to dislike anyone who has ever worked for a government, been a member of a union or possessed a library card (and I’ll admit right now that I’ve done all three) – an excuse to accuse that person of wanting to spend pounds, when even pennies are too much!
I mention this only in light of the brouhaha that surrounded the brief and nasty Twitter debate last week between Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and a Sun News Network bloviator who twisted a rather unfortunate analogy sufficiently to claim the Cowtown mayor had meant something quite different from what he said.
So, to repeat, as it says on the card I’ve been handing to homeowners and dropping into mailboxes all over town, “St. Albert needs to preserve the quality public services for which our municipality is known, while continuing to keep municipal costs under control.” I stand by that opinion.
Perhaps, since I’ve done this once before and proved the truth of the adage that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, a more appropriate sentiment to have put inside quotation marks would have been “once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!”
That’s from a speech, of course, that’s as stirring and quotable in 2013 as it was in 1599, when the Bard put pen to paper. (How did he manage without a MacBook Air, one wonders?)
And couldn’t we fairly say of all 16 candidates for St. Albert City Council, 18 if you count the candidates for mayor:
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot…
Then again, maybe that’s pouring it on a little thick for nomination day.