Contributed photos/Twitter post Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to White Rock made an impression on (clockwise from top left) Couns. Helen Fathers, Bill Lawrence and David Chesney (bottom right, with Semiahmoo First Nation Chief Harley Chappell and candidate Gordon Hogg).

LETTERS: Some perspectives on ‘disrespect’

Editor: Re: Mayor cites ‘total breach of protocol,’ Nov. 22.


Re: Mayor cites ‘total breach of protocol,’ Nov. 22.

I totally agree with Mayor Wayne Baldwin’s anger regarding the Trudeau Team visit. It was rude not to say hello to our mayor and council.

Actually, prime ministers are not supposed to campaign for people running for office. Past prime ministers have rarely campaigned for candidates running to be elected.

However, good luck to candidate Gordon Hogg.

Mary MacDonald, White Rock

• • •

Sounds like our prime minister hurt our mayor’s feelings. You sound an awful lot like U.S. President Donald Trump, Wayne.

Crystal Mantie, White Rock

• • •

Mayor Wayne Baldwin thinks it was “extremely disappointing, disrespectful and a total breach of protocol” that he and his council were not invited to greet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

He was also offended that Semiahmoo First Nation Chief Harley Chappell was part of the welcoming group, along with the Liberal candidate for the upcoming federal byelection, Gordon Hogg.

I think our mayor protests too much. This was a visit by a politician supporting his candidate.

For the mayor to use words like “disappointing” and “disrespectful” is interesting. This is a mayor who does not allow questions from residents at council meetings. This is a mayor who often shows disrespect to those who voice opinions different from his own. This is a mayor and council who want to build a costly four-storey parkade near the beach, even though it is not needed.

Here is an idea for the mayor and council. Push for affordable housing instead of a parking garage, apologize to the Semiahmoo First Nation for your infantile behaviour towards them and start treating the residents of White Rock with respect.

Susan Ellis, White Rock

• • •

Why am I not surprised to see White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin’s reaction to his exclusion from the prime minister’s visit to Five Corners?

His outrage at being “disrespected” is tiresomely predictable, given his inability to look in the mirror – to see the ‘shoe on the other foot,’ so to speak.

I could have so much fun with this. I’ve got so many pithy sayings for this occasion that I’m in a quandary about which to pair with the mirror and the shoes. How about: 1. “What goes around, comes around.” 2. “You reap what you sow.” 3. “The devil you are is the devil you get.” (I made that one up.)

Time and again, Baldwin fails to see the irony of huffing and puffing with righteous indignation whenever others treat him the way he treats them. It ain’t gonna change. There will never be a light-bulb moment. Arrogance does not plow a path for it.

I, too, was disappointed to not be forewarned of Justin’s visit, but I can take it on the chin if the limited disclosure was designed to prevent Baldwin from using the occasion to strut and preen.

In addition, I feel it was a demonstration of respect to Semiahmoo Chief Harley Chappell to not invite a man who sneers at him and his people whenever Baldwin forgets to keep his game face on.

Maureen Kerr, Surrey

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Residents showcased as ‘companion’ sculpture unveiled

Amica White Rock welcomes bronze guardian, celebrates resident talent

Homemade explosives detonated in South Surrey

Police asking public for help identifying those responsible

Surrey students paint mural, paying homage to First Nations, at SkyTrain station

Artwork to showcase ‘positivity and racial inclusivity in the city’

White Rock highrise on hold after workers exhibit ‘severe’ overexposure symptoms

WorkSafeBC issued stop-work order at 1588 Johnston Rd. site on July 24

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Wings and Wheels set for weekend lift-off in Abbotsford

Fundraiser to raise money for Crystal Gala Foundation and the fight against breast cancer

Undercover video shows alleged animal abuse at Fraser Valley egg farm

One employee wearing logo of Chilliwack chicken-catching company already facing abuse charges

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

Most Read