May 01, 2016

Alberta NDP’s Acme municipal review compares citizen concerns to a “growing cancer”

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

I told you about the village of Acme, Alberta where some issues arose with their Town Council. Citizens had become concerned with what they saw as corrupt behaviour from council members.

The three main concerns were what appeared to be a fixed election, council’s attempt to sell a park located in the town and the purchase of a property by a council member, Dennis Kuiken, in a tax recovery sale which is against the rules and a conflict of interest.

Further, Mayor of Acme, Bruce McLeod, is a union boss and was once the president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which residents also see as a conflict of interest due to assumed union affiliations with the NDP.

Many other allegations were lodged by the residents of Acme. For the backstory check out the link to my previous video HERE.

The behaviour of council members led to circulation of a petition which gathered enough signatures to submit to the province. Minister of Municipal Affairs, Danielle Larivee, granted a full municipal inspection, which I attended.

I was greeted at the door by a sign that advised no cameras were allowed, reminding me of the time Rachel Notley and the NDP decided The Rebel couldn’t cover their media events.

The results of the municipal inspection report favour the town council and included 17 recommendations that were basically housekeeping details on reviews, repeals, analyses and training. But one thing I noticed was that the report took a direct shot at the citizens of Acme comparing their concerns to a “cancer”, an odd thing coming from the government.

Residents weren’t happy with the outcome.

I spoke with Barbara Vanjoff, who initiated the petition, Acme resident Doreen Ternowetsky and former Mayor Leona Dekoter about their biggest concerns with the ordeal. Leona was disappointed with the results and how the tax recovery sale was handled. She attempted to get an injunction but withdrew the request on the advice of a judge. She won’t continue to challenge the Council in court and is satisfied that residents tried their very best to hold Town Council accountable.

I did try to contact both the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Danielle Larivee, and Acme Town Council for comment, but they did not respond to my requests.

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commented 2016-05-02 16:39:48 -0400
They need the ROAD RUNNER to come to town
commented 2016-05-02 14:57:33 -0400
Bravo Zulu…I agree.. slowly but surely things are starting to spin back in the right direction it will be a long road back but I still believe it will turn to the right/good side of things .. NDP will be wiped out in the end never to be heard from again in Alberta . The price for this stupidity that is ongoing will be staggering and some of us older folks will never recover . I am hopeful it can recover for my kids and their generation but we seem to have an age group in the middle that don`t appear to have their stuff together to well right now.
commented 2016-05-02 07:42:00 -0400
No wonder the stuff ACME keeps sending the Coyote doesn’t work, it comes from a union town.
commented 2016-05-02 01:14:40 -0400
Yes of course the concerns of the people who pay the bills are a cancer to these socialist scum. They truly make me sick.
commented 2016-05-01 19:50:11 -0400
thanks HOLLY, keep us informed, the canary in the coal mine thingy
commented 2016-05-01 19:44:24 -0400
Ndp unionists plus cronie marcest capitalism is a cancerous politics
ACME it all starts with the school boards and the little community news papers
Take back the school boards , and for -- sakes will somebody please start up a more common sense conservative news paper to combat the lefty crap
I personally don’t know the news paper situation in town , but just from personal experiences of the little town rags , the owners and editors are left wing nut loons
commented 2016-05-01 19:16:02 -0400
Leave it to money grubbing dippers to have conflicted interest in a conflict of interest conduct review – it’s a small town and folks have long memories – remember that you hog trough dippers. After you lose the election you better get out of the province if you want to stay out of jail.
commented 2016-05-01 18:29:16 -0400
Acme – hopefully they will get a fair election! The union rot is deep, even in the small town of Acme, AB.
commented 2016-05-01 17:31:47 -0400
The NDP union strikes again!
commented 2016-05-01 17:29:13 -0400
Next year is the municipal elections throughout the Province. It will be interesting to see whether councils like Acme are held to account. Could show how serious Albertan’s are about getting rid of the corruption in 2019-20.
commented 2016-05-01 17:07:24 -0400
People are waking up – this will not be tolerated much longer