LETTER: Saanich election a chance for fresh input

Amalgamation question should be put on ballot in Saanich, says reader

It will be an interesting Municipal election in November.

In Saanich, new candidates with excellent credentials are lining up for the Mayor and Council positions.

They are well educated. They volunteer, attend public meetings, listen and add their input. If elected, the new public servants will bring their expertise from software engineering, chemistry and intelligent information using the newest technology to the council chambers.

It will be refreshing to see something get done. There will be a reduction of expensive studies to postpone decisions with less  reliance on staff to make their decisions. For example: The latest CRD sewage study will cost the taxpayer another $210,000 to find other locations for sewage treatment facilities. Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay have to find a solutions in their own backyard.

What have they been doing for the past seven years and spending almost sixty million dollars?

Frank Leonard says he knows what is best for Saanich.

If he believes in democracy, he will have the courage to put the amalgamation question on the November ballot.

If the answer is no to amalgamation, perhaps there can be a more co-operative CRD, where each municipality might have just one vote. Let democracy rule. It is the informed voter who will decide what is best for Saanich.

Art Bickerton

Saanich