Stan Speaks: On Saturday, July 21st, 2007, Central Ontario celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the Kirkfield Lift Lock. The Trent Severn Waterway is worthy of our support as it continues to bring tourist and tourist dollars to the many communities along the system. Let’s ensure that the desire and the will to continue to support the waterway does not diminish. Let’s make sure we are able to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Trent Severn Waterway and the Kirkfield Lift Lock!! ****
At the Re-dedication of the Lock on Saturday, Mayor McGee spoke first; he spoke with eloquence and force as he demonstrated his desire to have Council pull together. He also took the opportunity to announce to the large crowd the 150 Year Anniversary of Lindsay.
Next to speak was MPP Laurie Scott who aptly demonstrated her knowledge and close ties to the community. The third speaker was MP Barry Devolin who represented the Federal Government. Barry thanked Parks Canada and reminded the audience of the ongoing review of the Trent System, pointing out that to sustain the Waterway requires public participation and public support. He recognized and thanked two citizens who are part of the current review of the Waterway.
As I listened to the presentations by the invited guests at the Lock, I could not help but think how fortunate we are to have Political Representatives with the qualities so in evidence to-day. Too many Canadians view all politicians with suspicion and mistrust. That view is unhealthy and I urge those who hold such a view to turn out to meet your political representative and yes, your municipal representatives. They entered politics to improve our lifestyle and I believe that on balance they continue to do a great job!! Keep Up The Good Work!