Let North Saanich speak

Some municipal governments in the Capital Region are willing to include a simple question on election ballots this fall

Some municipal governments in the Capital Region are willing to include a simple question on election ballots this fall seeking an indication from voters of how widespread are concerns regarding proliferation of municipal governments and staffs within the region. It seems a pretty simple, non-threatening and appropriate kind of question to put to voters and enlightened governments are willing to take advantage of this timely and inexpensive opportunity to measure public opinion.

Not so in North Saanich where the council has again voted against including such a question on the ballot, apparently concluding that this is a non–issue for its citizens. Such a parochial attitude does a considerable disservice to North Saanich voters who, whether they are interested in amalgamation for their own municipality or not, likely have opinions on the broader issue at hand.

The non-participation by North Saanich also does a disservice to voters in other municipalities by ignoring the opportunity to contribute to a wider regional overview of voter opinions.

It is not too late for North Saanich council to see light and reverse its decision.

Failure to do so will earn council the dubious distinction of denying its voters a timely opportunity to join with voters of other regional municipalities to express an opinion on a matter of significant interest throughout the Capital Region.

North Saanich voters deserve better.

Doug Mitchell

North Saanich

 

 

Just Posted

Funds being raised for double-amputee Ecuadorean dancer

North Saanich woman is putting out collection jars if people would like to donate

Lost wedding ring found on Valentine’s Day

Dan Milbrath’s ring is back where it belongs

Victoria installation for the blind causes problems for those with mobility issues

The truncated domes installed at Blanshard and Fort streets aren’t helpful for everyone

New report finds some Syrian refugees struggling in job market

Government-sponsored refugees have found it more than difficult than privately sponsored refugees

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

B.C. communities push back against climate change damages campaign

Activists copying California case that was tossed out of court

Most Read