Politicians have short memories

Letters

Central Saanich Mayor Jack Mar and Councillor Ron Kubek recently expressed concern at the Capital Regional District Board decision to review several of Central Saanich land use decisions and found this review as “creeping into municipal business.”

Esquimalt mayor Barb Desjardins said that it is a “slippery slope” when the region decides that its interests trump those of a municipality.

Not so long ago Mayor Mar and other CRD directors with full support of the  CRD Board purchased for a paltry $100 the right to vote on and oppose land use decisions made by the Juan De Fuca Electoral Area Land Use Committee, which were considered to contravene the Regional Growth Strategy.

This is precisely the reason why the CRD Board recently voted in favour of a motion by Saanich Councillor and CRD Director Vic Derman to review several Central Saanich land use decisions.

In Mr. Kubek’s words, “They want to be able to do what they want to do in Victoria and Saanich, but to tell Central Saanich what to do.”

At the time of his purchasing the right to vote on JDF matters I wrote a letter to Mayor Mar expressing precisely the same feelings but was not dignified with an answer.

Politicians seem to have a short and selective memory and to not realize that “what goes around comes around.”

V.A.Preto

Sooke

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sooke fitness facilities reopen to the public

Extra measures set in place to ensure user safety

Organizer, Victoria councillor, VicPD talk about upcoming rally for Black lives

‘It’s a simple ask’: Peace rally for Black lives organizer asks people to listen

George Floyd mural appears on Victoria street

Victoria artist Paul Archer painted the mural outside his shop on Fort Street

PHOTOS: Dozens show up to rebuild vandalized Victoria people-less protest

Chalk messages of support surround the fountain in Centennial Square

Playgrounds back in the swing of things on the West Shore

Langford, View Royal, Colwood reopen parks, playgrounds

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park at large

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

No charges to be laid against 22 northern B.C. pipeline protesters

Twenty-two people were arrested in February, but Crown has decided not to pursue charges

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Most Read