Re: World class no more (News, April 27)
As a newly transplanted resident of Victoria from Vancouver and first-time reader of the Victoria News, I was appalled to read Roszan Holmen’s report about city council nodding approvingly to Coun. Gudgeon’s suggestion to “be humble” by “throwing out world-class” when referring to Victoria.
I moved from Vancouver, rated as the third-best city in the world, because I believe Victoria is even better. Is this council trying to prove me wrong?
And how is that going to help making up the budget shortfall predicted for the coming years? Why not tell tourists that this is just a so-so city, don’t bother coming here?
To generate more revenue, shouldn’t you be beating your drums louder than ever and instead of wasting time debating the “world-class” issue, concentrate on developing innovative ideas to attract new business and industry, creating new jobs and wealth?
Above all, council is not in the position to decide this city’s rating; there are countless reports placing Victoria among the top 10 places to visit and live in Canada. Will they all get a note from council to get humble?
I am looking forward to the time when I can vote for more progressive and innovative council members.