(said with a straight face)
The fact that several prominent business people from Morinville, Sturgeon County and St Albert, not to mention two elected officials from Sturgeon County Council itself have been able to walk around preaching this to anyone who will listen for the past 10 months, and do it with a straight face, is a pretty heartbreaking indictment of what local politics has become here lately.
The fact that there are so many sheep in the county that have been unwittingly led down the parade route by this group of charlatans doesn't speak well for the critical thinking ability of people nowdays.
Now if you have been following, you will remember from many articles and speeches that SUREAL was a type of 'of the people for the people' grassroots citizen's group protecting the taxpayer. They emphasized they had no political agenda. Two councillors accused of pulling strings behind the backs of their fellow councillors to undermine and disrupt your council adamantly denied being involved.
Just one example - Cover story St Albert Gazette 8 Feb
Well a hot off the press release by Twitter Superhero @SurealFYI (who correctly called SUREAL out right from the get go) just sent out some excerpts from an early meeting of SUREAL back in January.
There are a number of hot potatoes included in this.
Rotary, who's constitution bars them from any political affiliation, rented the meeting rooms for SUREAL.
One of the participants is a writer for the Morinville News and has to fly under the radar because of her job. Forgive me if I connect this with what has been a whole series of prominent and favorable articles of SUREAL in this paper and not-so-flattering coverage of current council.
Pat Tighe along with Dwayne Gibb and (land developer) Neilsens are charged with getting group funding from people in the shadows.
(Nice nod to openness, transparency and good grassroots government there gang).
One participant who sounds an awful lot like a current candidate is there because the County won't buy his land for the right price.