Van Dongen: MLA Watchdog

23 09 2012
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Watch dog: fighting for integrity and competence
Photo credit: Abbynews http://bit.ly/Qb4FeN

John van Dongen, Abbotsford representative since 1995, has switched political tracks yet again. From Liberal to Conservative and now running as an independent, some might say van Dongen’s track record illuminates the opportunist for what he is. Is he forever to be known for jilting political parties as the Georgia Straight portrays him? Or perhaps he will be repeatedly quoted for choosing “the highway” as the Abbynews reports.

The question remains. How does the popular, longstanding MLA hope to be reelected when he hasn’t given voters any assurance of his political stance? Or has he?

From his own webpage, van Dongen makes it clear that integrity in the government is of utmost concern to him. He acknowledges that the public has lost confidence in their leaders and states that it is his job to be a “watch dog”. He vows to fight for political leaders to exhibit “integrity, competence, and have a true commitment to public service”. His recent resignation from the BC Conservatives only solidifies his statement. This is an MLA that truly believes in his views and is not afraid to act on them. Voters can have confidence that John van Dongen will not sit back and watch; he will not go with the flow. He will stand for the issues he cares about and fight against the incompetence he perceives.

Whether his views and perceptions align with yours is a whole different story.

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4 responses

24 09 2012
Michael

Analea,

Love your straight forward and clear writing. I couldn’t find a lot of unneeded words in this post. Well done and keep it up. Don’t forget to use tags, categories and links that will increase your blog’s SEO.

24 09 2012
analeastyles

Thanks for your advice Michael! I’ll work on that for sure.

24 09 2012
Alan O'Sullivan

Good post Analea. He certainly does have the courage to act in an out of the box manner, but whether that’s for the sake of integrity and commitment to the voter, or on account of his professional dissatisfaction with his persona standing within his own party, is unclear.

The trouble for Van Dongen now, as a professional politician, is perception: even if he is making these decisions based on a truly enlightened basis, he’s now flirting with having cast himself as yet another wishy-washy politician stomping his feet and holding his breath.

I don’t necessarily hold either view, but it’s definitely a danger he’ll have to maneuver around.

24 09 2012
analeastyles

I entirely agree with you Alan! I think it will take a lot for voters to have any faith in him when his actions display such wavering loyalties. This article from the Sun seems to prove him right in his views against Cummins though.

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