Letters: The right to endorse

Outgoing mayors have the right to show support for a candidate

I have been reading with dismay the efforts by certain individuals to discredit Mayor Wendel Milne and Councillor Maja Tait for the mayor’s decision to support Councillor Tait for mayor in this election.  It is common practice for an outgoing mayor to publicly support his/her choice for the new mayor.  In fact, I was surprised three years ago when outgoing Mayor Janet Evans did not put her support behind either candidate.

As anyone who follows local news knows, I levelled a lot of criticism towards Mayor Milne and council during the first two years of the current term, and in my opinion it was mostly deserved.  However, I believe Mayor Milne has tried to do the right thing during his last year as mayor, and we indeed have received some needed infrastructure upgrades this year.

I think it is grossly unfair to discredit Mayor Milne and Councillor Tait for purely political reasons.  I personally support Mayor Milne’s decision to publicly declare his choice for Councillor Tait, and would support the right of Mayor Milne to publicly make this decision no matter which candidate he chose.

Tom Myrick

Sooke

 

 

 

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