Meet the new face on board of control!
Gina Barber, pictured at left participating in an anti-war rally in Victoria Park last year (see below), has been a tireless social activist and aspirant to political power for so long now — 27 years, according to the London Free Press — that the simple name recognition acquired from repeatedly sticking her face in public has finally generated a sufficient constituency of careless and idiotic voters to attain success.
A member of the Ontario NDP executive and a two-time failed NDP candidate in the last two federal elections, Barber is, among other things, a hardcore environmentalist, an unapologetic pro-union, anti-development, anti-privatization and anti-automobile activist who considers somehow that "private parking drains resources from the city."
Barber is a proponent of bureaucratic planning and tax-funded subsidization of arts and culture, as well as of the city's proposed performing arts centre monument to political prestige, of which she regrets that:
A social scientist who generously substitutes politically correct theories for cause and a deficiency of socialistic central planning for effect, Barber is reluctant to commit to increased policing resources because "poverty, racism and social exclusion" are the significant predictors of crime and prefers instead "the social, recreational and cultural services that the city supports" as agency for public safety. No potential scope of the city's jurisdiction and tax-taking authority for social engineering is too intemperate to take advantage of:
"Unfortunately, I do not believe there will be wide Council support for any large capital projects." [Emphasis added.]
Indeed, the city should not refrain from using its powers, and Barber only regrets that some of the city's authority and abilities are "limited by senior levels of government."
"Decent, safe, affordable housing should be the right of every citizen." [Emphasis added.]
I could go on about her views on child care, public transportation, animal control, and more, but this is enough for anyone. It is sufficient to say that Gina Barber is, in short, a hardened communist, the likes of which London has never seen before on council… which is rather saying quite a lot. The rapacious ego of the tireless communist despises the community that does not think like her and relentlessly tempts her to take community and political involvement to mean involving the community in her own nihilistic schemes whether they like it or not. A council with Gina Barber on it can be expected to promote expanding its authority into issues not generally understood to be or barely tolerated as under municipal jurisdiction. Having to sit with her in meetings for the next four years, I am almost sympathetic for the first time in my life for her fellow controllers, Tom Gosnell, Bud Polhill and Gord Hume.