Selective protocol

Mr. Mearns’ letter is a disgraceful attempt to pass off an assault upon freedom of speech

Re: Delegations for New Council Issues Only, PNR, Feb. 20.

What was learned from Councillor Mearns’ recent letter was that he now believes my request to make a presentation on Feb. 3 was inappropriately placed on the agenda.

However, not once during the deliberation, did he, in supporting councillor Daly’s motion, make any objections about meeting protocol while at the same time, removing me from the agenda.

As those who view the webcast will see, Mr. Mearns and his compatriots only complained about the presenter, not the placement on the agenda or the topic of the presentation.

Interestingly, at a council meeting  on April 2, 2012, John Upward was placed on the agenda under the same section — Petitions and Delegations. It was a presentation from an individual and contained no new information.

Neither Mr. Mearns nor his colleagues complained about breaches of protocol then.

Mr. Mearns’ letter is a disgraceful attempt to pass off an assault upon freedom of speech as a new appeal, after the fact, to “meeting protocol”.

Springfield Harrison

North Saanich



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