Voters deserve to be consulted on exploring amalgamation. Our current council in North Saanich is cavalier in believing that their opinion on amalgamation is that of the voters. As was posed to council last Monday, “what is the downside of asking the question?”
When our neighboring municipalities have the good sense to survey the public, it is logical for taxpayers in North Saanich to be heard on this as well.
A non-binding question can only help the new council, especially if our neighbors vote yes.
It will be another four years before before it will be economically sensible to put the question to the people again.
The amalgamation question needs to be on the ballots.