"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

“This is our meeting, and we’ll have it the way we want it”

What you see here is how city council members, and mayors too, get tossed out by voters – when they treat the public with contempt.

Usually when it happens, it’s a little more subtle and behind the scenes, since most people who have enough social session to get elected to office – in, say, a city as large as Vancouver – realize that they look like arrogant tyrants when they abuse people at public meetings. Evidently not in this case, and this video seems to be in the process of going viral.

The opposition to Vancouver’s elected officials is apt to soon do likewise. Jeanne Harris (who among other things seems to think she’s the mayor) in particular, and maybe Tim Leavitt (who seems to have forgotten he is the mayor): Don’t be surprised if a recall effort gains some traction before long on the basis of this video.

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  1. fortboise said:

    Zounds! Jeanne Harris at least had the decency to leave the meeting after the guy she told to “get out” didn’t leave. (Good for him.)

    That is one seriously dysfunctional city council, and one seriously toxic personality on it. Sorta makes you wanna go to their meetings, doesn’t it?

    September 26, 2010

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