Mayor was against putting the decals on city vehicles
After a lot of huffing and puffing, city council has rejected a motion in favour of placing decals, declaring support for Canadian troops, on city vehicles.
The decals would have depicted a yellow ribbon with the words “Support Our Troops” across them and about 5,000 of them would have been placed on city automobiles.
Council voted 11-4 against the decals and unanimously supported Mayor Dave Bronconnier’s amendment plan to sell stickers in city facilities and donate those funds to the Military Family Resource Centre.
Ald. Ric McIver, who took the issue to city council yesterday, said he was disappointed with the decision.
“I did the best I could, I did the right thing for the right reasons. You don’t always get to win in politics,” McIver told Metro last night after the council vote.
McIver said the issue was simply about showing support for people in the armed forces and not about political statements. “I’m told our troops are in up to 40 countries right now. Most people would probably support what we’re doing in most of those places,” he said.
McIver said the initiative would have cost the city next to nothing as a company called Can West Label Inc. had offered to make the 5,000 decals as a donation to the city.
The mayor has not been a supporter of having the stickers placed on city vehicles.
“I don’t think the best way to support troops is by putting a decal on the back of a garbage truck. I think what we should do to support the troops is to support their families by supporting the Family Resource Centre,” Bronconnier said yesterday afternoon before the vote went to council.
Bronconnier suggested the donated decals could be sold as a fundraising item for soldiers’ families in need. “That is supporting the troops in Calgary,” he added.