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Mayor doesn’t speak for me

Dylan Powell, Dunnville
Published on Apr 10, 2012 The Sachem

(In response to ‘Coalition planning April parade in Caledonia’; ‘DCE a quagmire’, April 5)

I am writing as I was disheartened to read Ken Hewitt’s attempt at rationalizing his non-support for a peaceful walk of reconciliation through Caledonia. Disheartened, but not surprised.

Hewitt attempts to convey that he speaks for Haldimand County; however, Hewitt speaks only for the elite business community in the region- of which he is an entrenched member. As such, he has no problem with so-called “outsiders” targeting the region for “development,” even when this means little to no full time-living wage jobs (or what people used to call careers) as well as environmental degradation.

He also has done very little to respond to outsiders upholding the mantle of white privilege, and done nothing while in office to stem the tide of structural inequality in the region nor anything to move forward any resolution or reconciliation over land claim issues.

Moving towards reconciliation will take pro-active steps. That is exactly what coalition members are doing in planning this walk- many of whom are from the County.

I spent the first 20 years of my life in Dunnville. I’ve witnessed first hand the xenophobia and racism that is played out both on the structural and interpersonal level in Haldimand County. The racist remarks, the paranoid whispers of house and bridge takeovers, etc. I know that stemming that tide will mean taking a stand.

I choose to stand on the right side of history and walk with the Two-Row Wampum on April 28. If Hewitt refuses to do the same, his reign will be considered a continuation of “failure” and the community he claims to speak for will move forward without him.