This is a response from Harold Winkworth to the letter from D. Payne concerning Candidate Harold Winkworth's Bio.
The fifteen bios published in your news feed are well done except for one. Candidate
Harold Winkworth's bio is more of a disinformation document.
His first statement that the financial condition of the district of Port Stanley
is poor. The Village's financial condition is just fine, and the people who make
large financial decisions have been in government for years. There is a solid finance
plan in place for the future. Our mayor is an accountant!
- Upon review of my profile I failed to see where I referenced "Port Stanley's" financial
situation. When I write I make reference to the Municipality … not Port Stanley.
- Could you please give me reference to the information you are referring to in regards
to the "solid financial plan?"
- You stated the Mayor is an accountant. I may be wrong, but I believe your information
is inaccurate. To my knowledge, I believe he is a book keeper and operates an income
tax business. On that note, I believe the Mayor would be better suited to respond
to your comment.
He also states that the council members are unprepared to do their duties and to
suggest this is mean spirited and uncalled for. He attacks his fellow councillors
serving with him on the current council. This is not good for the council's morale
and performance in their day to day jobs.
- My reason for that statement is that hard working people, pensioners as well as
challenged and disabled people are paying our salary. My expectations are that if
you are going to represent people and you are accepting their money for your service
then simply perform the way a councillor should. Read and review the agendas, research
and visit sites/properties if necessary prior to attending meetings. BE PREPARED!
The statement that a "good old boys" club still exists is a statement that is sexist
and not true. Our deputy mayor is a woman and there are two female members of the
- My statement "Good Old Boys" means exactly that. I am making reference to men although
the comment can be considered gender neutral. Upon reviewing the comment maybe I
should have further clarified. I believe it is simply a misunderstanding.
He further states that backroom politics need to go away. What does this mean? Should
all councillors quit talking to each other and delay solving problems? This sounds
silly, petty and a complaint of an uninformed councilman.
- In regards to my comment surrounding back room politics I will simply say that it
exists. Information needs to be shared with the entire council if you hope to be
successful in team building. A Mayor that makes the statement that "it is CAO …
Mayor privileged information" is unacceptable.
On Leadership, Winkworth states he was a Ford auto assembler who moved into a management
position including Plant Management. No one I've talked to from the Ford plant remembers
him as a manager. We need clarification of this statement to be addressed on his
- I revisited my profile and was unable to see that I claimed I worked on the production
line at Ford and then moved into Management at the Ford Plant. I do find it interesting
that although I did not state in my profile that I worked at Ford, I actually did
work there for three and a half years. My career in management was with United Technologies,
Del-Tech Metal Products and Oxford Automotive.
His statement that "corruption" exists, if true, should be reported immediately
to the powers that deal with corruption!
- Corruption: definition – dishonesty, unscrupulous, misconduct, wrongdoing, crookedness,
sleaze. As I stated, it exist!
Mr. Winkworth has shown to me and others that his attitude toward the Council is
not helpful to team building and is divisive. His statements and opinions are not
professional and lack "common sense". The Voters will decide.
- A large part of my supervisory/managerial career consisted of team building. I know
the process all too well. Being in a leadership role it is essential that you have
the ability to organize and lead teams in various aspects of the operation.
- In closing, I will discuss the issues that most people find too sensitive to talk
about. If we do not address the issues, we will never resolve them. In respect to
my attitude I am viewed as a very upbeat person with a very positive attitude. You
will note that at the end of my profile I stated that if anyone had an issue with
the comments I made then I would certainly entertain the opportunity to further
discuss. On that note, you are the only person that has responded and I thank you
for taking the time to do so.