I am writing in regards to the performance put on at Fort Erie council by Jim Thibert, the head of the Economic Development and Tourism Corp.
Thibert claimed that there are many jobs in Fort Erie and that the reason there are so many unemployed here is because Fort Erieans are illiterate, uneducated and lazy.
Does Thibert really think there are an abundance of jobs in Fort Erie?
Perhaps this explains why he has done so little to attract new businesses here.
More likely however, is that Thibert is putting on this sideshow as a smokescreen to distract from his dismal performance over the past decade. The truth is that he is using the ploy of “blaming the victim” to hide his own failures to improve the economy in Fort Erie.
What a slap in the face to the many hard working residents here who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Is he saying that those people, are too stupid and lazy to keep their jobs? My own daughters both hold extensive post secondary degrees, yet they had to send out hundreds and hundreds of resumes before they found jobs. And when they did, the jobs were out of town.
Thibert also blames Fort Erie economic woes on the fact that some of our vacant land has been designated as Provincially Significant and cannot be built on. How ridiculous. There is a lot of vacant land ready to go, along with many empty former businesses that he should be trying to find companies for. Instead, he wastes time and tries to put the blame on the province.
The taxpayers of Fort Erie have spent over $5 million in the last decade to fund Thibert and the EDTC. What do we have to show for our money? I can’t think of any new beneficial businesses that Thibert has brought to Fort Erie. But when I think of all the things we have lost over the past 10 years, the list goes on and on and on.
Some praise Thibert’s rude and ill-mannered antics and feel that it is not the right time to get rid of him. I think it is exactly the right time to demand his resignation. In fact it is long overdue.
Fort Erie desperately needs someone now who can bring some positive economic benefits to the area. We can’t afford to wait any longer for help. The time for showmanship and sideshows with vulgar and offensive language is over with.