Many frustrating council meetings

There are likely many North Saanich residents who wish they had turned out to vote in the last election

It was very disturbing to read the letter from Virginia Smith (PNR, Feb. 21).

To suggest “our mayor and council have no interest in any future for the area other than one of subdivisions, industrial parks and shopping malls” is far from the reality.

I have attended many a frustrating council meeting as the pro-development majority of (Councillors) Daly, Mearns, McBride and Brown push through their agenda.

Meanwhile, Mayor Finall and Councilors Elsie McMurphy and Celia Stock try in vain to interject some reason into the debate.

They are not completely against development but have advocated for slower, more measured growth within the mandate of our Official Community Plan.

They want some certainty that there be an affordable housing strategy.

Their hands are tied — the 4-3 majority always prevails.

There are likely many North Saanich residents who wish they had turned out to vote in the last election. A 12-vote difference (Ted Daly just squeaked in) is having an irreversible effect on the future face of North Saanich.

Donnamae Wilson

North Saanich

 

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