Letters: Democracy at work

Non-binding questions on Sooke ballot would not be pointless

sponse to the editorial written on Sept. 20 about the upcoming ballot questions.

I shook my head with disappointment to hear the nearsightedness that was published. How could a council and a ’small vocal group’ be chastised about wanting to A) create and strengthen our democracy and B) try a new tactic to make a difference in the world and government.

As the writer points out, a letter from Mayor Milne was sent in 2012, but since that letter, Prime Minister Stephen Harper approved another pipeline proposal. So perhaps 8,000 voices from Sooke will have more political influence than a council motion or another letter.  One has to try and keep on trying. Not only is it not “pointless” to let the citizens of Sooke have their say, it’s essential to ensure we keep our democracy.  One must stand up for what they believe in.

Of course, I would love to hear other suggestions that could bring change and action – that would be a much more meaningful editorial.

I think the recent events in Hong Kong should embolden us to never take our freedom and democracy for granted. And as a recent Letter to the Editor (Heather Phillips) pointed out – what price would you put on the cost of democracy? I know I would gladly pull out my wallet to secure my future and freedom and have my voice heard.

I for one, have never been more proud that Sooke town council wants to hear from its citizens and is encouraging us.

Looking forward to the plebiscite – I know I’ll be Voting “yes” to stop tanker traffic expansion.

Amanda Johnston

Sooke

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