Listening is an integral part of your job as an elected official.
Whether at the municipal, provincial or federal level, before making major decisions that will make a huge impact on our lives, we need to be consulted.
Now, sometimes this isn’t so feasible. Sometimes you have to try things and see how it goes and then if it doesn’t go over well and many people voice their opposition, it’s the duty of our elected officials to listen and, if it’s warranted, change. There is no shame in admitting you made a mistake and listening to what the people have to say.
If we don’t voice our concerns, there is no chance things will change. This is also why our elected officials need to listen to what we have to say. It’s a two-way street, one that we need to keep open at all times on both sides.
For more on this, see the April 21, 2017 print or online edition of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.