Mayor Leonard vs. Victoria police

Fallacies in VicPD deputy's response to Saanich mayor's comments

Re: VicPD accepts challenge (Guest column, May 31)

Unfortunately in setting Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard straight on Victoria’s response to calls such as noisy parties, John Ducker supports the fallacy that funding is not in balance because Victoria has the troubled downtown activity that suburbs do not.

But Victoria gets revenue from the properties and businesses that peddle booze to all comers. Why isn’t Victoria using those funds for the extra policing needed?

By the way, Frank Leonard is also wrong on Victoria’s closing of neighbourhood police offices.

I checked that the police office in the Esquimalt firehall is still open and staffed weekdays – live interacting people were there when I checked.

Perhaps Leonard listened to Esquimalt politicians who cannot see the half block from City Hall to that police office, even with those quite visible Victoria police vehicles sometimes there.

The big question is why voters elect stumbling politicians like Desjardins, Fortin, and Leonard, who are unwilling to perform their duty. The reason for government is protection of the individual. Police are the front line of that protection within country borders.

In digging into the bunfight, as you should, consider the possibility that many mayors and councils want power themselves instead of co-operation.

On several subjects Frank Leonard seems to be pandering to those who almost defeated him in the last election. Puzzling.

Keith Sketchley

Saanich