There’s plenty of fear mongering underway by many Oak Bay candidates as they continue defend the apartheid system of multiple municipalities for Greater Victoria.
Voters, however, continue to seek out leaders who have a vision beyond a municipal patch of grass. We need candidates who understand that the important issues facing our community – policing, sewage treatment, 911 emergency response, transportation and yes, even deer – do not stop at the Foul Bay Road/Henderson border. We need candidates who have a record of collaboration and community building, candidates who are inclusive, not exclusive.
It is well understood that protectionism and isolationism are detrimental to the economy and social fabric of communities. Voting yes to the non-binding question on the November municipal ballot will reaffirm to local government that residents are interested in obtaining factual information, through Provincially funded studies, on the feasibility, costs and benefits of amalgamation. Why are some candidates so afraid of obtaining this information? And are these the calibre of leaders who should earn your vote?
Good grief, 25 years ago they tore down the Iron Curtain. Now let’s begin to pull a few threads from the Tweed Curtain.