Councillor innocent until proven guilty

Columnist Ken Wilson tackles the notion of innocent until proven guilty and some local issues.

With due respect to all of those who toil in the political realm, there is some thought that those people are crooks.

I have heard from folks who think politicians are crooked and dishonest.

My personal view is that this kind of thinking is hogwash.

Do those individuals with that belief think Donna Barnett and Coralee Oakes are crooks?

Do they think Charlie Wyse and Walt Cobb were dishonest when they were in politics?

I don’t think anyone on city council should be called a crook.

They work hard for our community.

Sure, there have been politicians who have been crooked but there have also been plumbers and lawyers, along with other groups of people, who have not been above board but does that mean we should call their whole profession crooked?

I don’t think so.

I have heard some very rude comments regarding Surinderpal Rathor since he was  charged with obstruction of justice.

I prefer to think the long-serving Williams Lake councillor is not guilty and will wait until the matter is through the courts before I make any further judgement.

He has worked very hard for this community, not only in his position of councillor, but as a volunteer as well.

So before you criticize Mr. Rathor, please wait for the results of the court.

In my estimation there are many people who find it easy to criticize, however, they are slow with comments that may be positive.

What is with individuals who only see black and not white?

Perhaps the same people who do not vote in elections are the same folk that believe politicians are all crooks.


What is up with Mr. Hooker of Big Lake these days?

He sure has a bee in his bonnet regarding the proposed Community Forest with the City of Williams Lake and the Williams Lake Indian Band.

The current city council of Williams Lake and the Williams Lake Indian Band have submitted their application to the Regional Manager of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, without the support of my community or the support of Horsefly or Miocene, says Hooker.

He states that he is prepared to be arrested as he stands in front of logging equipment to block the road leading to the community forest.

Here is what Steve Forseth stated in a recent blog.

“As a city resident — I would implore Williams Lake City Council to ‘pull back from the brink’ on this file and actively engage the folks at Big Lake, Horsefly and Miocene before we do some permanent damage to our relationship with our rural neighbours living out at Big Lake, Miocene and Horsefly.”

Good comment, Steve.

I think Hooker should take a look at other methods to get the attention of those involved with the community forest, rather than taking up a civil disobedience stand.


There was a budget meeting for the city, held in the Gibraltar Room. Did you go?

I was out of town but I hope many did take the time to put some input towards the budget deliberations of this city.


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