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Esquimalt and law getting no respect
Re: Sewage talk clogs Capital Region (News, April 11)
I first arrived in the Capital Region in 2001. As a young idealist newly recruited to serve within the provincial government, I was assigned to assist the minister responsible for the creation of the ground-breaking Community Charter legislation.
For the next two years, we worked to make history in becoming the first province to officially recognize and empower municipalities “as an order of government” that would be fully “autonomous” to serve “the will of the residents of their communities.” These words are from the Community Charter passed into law on May 8, 2003.
My copy of the Community Charter is sacred to me. It is a first edition printing, autographed by the now deceased Ted Nebbeling, author of the Community Charter. He included a personal inscription to me that reads: “We made municipalities matter in ways that governments matter most. Governments closest to the people serve people the best.”
Last week, the Capital Regional District voted to officially request the provincial government to overrule the legitimate, autonomous, and democratic decision of Esquimalt council. Not only is Esquimalt’s decision legally correct and protected in law by the Community Charter, but more importantly, it represents the will of our community.
In Esquimalt, we respect the law and we respect the people. Clearly, the CRD respects neither.
Councillor, Township of Esquimalt