LETTER: Let the people have their say on amalgamation

Many people feel it's time to have effective regional governance: reader

Re: Amalgamation ‘not a Saanich debate:’ Leonard (News, Sept. 12)

I wish I were more surprised by the incredibly patronizing remarks of Mayor Frank Leonard regarding the Saanich electorate and placing a non-binding amalgamation question on the November municipal ballot.

Saanich is the only municipality that has not had a presentation from AmalgamationYes on the issue.

It is also the only municipality that does not allow its electorate to speak unless directly addressing an item on the agenda. How democractic.

Leonard seems to feel that the opinions of his electorate don’t matter, that he is the only one whose opinion counts.

Yet many people on the street, at the Saanich Fair, and at various social gatherings tell me that they want the question on the ballot.

Many of us feel that it is time to have effective regional governance.  Angus Reid, a reputable polling firm, concluded that 80 per cent of the sampled population would like the question on the ballot.

And Leonard himself has stated the current CRD model doesn’t work.

Finally, perhaps having such a question on the ballot may encourage more people to vote.  Voter turnout has been very poor in past elections.

Perhaps that’s the real reason some don’t want the question on the ballot. Lower turnout tends to favour the status quo.

As a Saanich resident, I request my council give voters a chance to express our views, in the same way a significant number of other councils in the region have already agreed to do.

Karen Harper

Saanich

Just Posted

Nearly a dozen coonhound puppies and their mother to reunite at Saanich park

Dogs’ former foster family initiated one-year reunion plans

Trio brings roller skating fever to Greater Victoria

Roller Skate Victoria offers workshops, summer camps and more

Motorcylist ticketed for excessive speed, bike impounded by Saanich Police

The 22-year-old was issued two tickets – one for a bent licence plate

Concrete beams for McKenzie interchange set for installation this weekend

No lane closures expected during weekend work, says ministry

Government Street to be transformed into ‘people-priority’ zone

Victoria city council voted to limit traffic in the area by 2022

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UPDATE: West Kelowna fawn euthanized, not claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer has been euthanized after a suitable home was not found in time

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Port Hardy RCMP cleared in arrest that left man with broken ribs, punctured lung: IIO

The IIO noted the matter will not be referred to crown counsel for consideration of charges.

Most Read