The yes vote won, if only by 15 votes, but it won - the people have spoken.
As I understand it, a referendum requires 50 per cent of the votes plus one. After that happened and the people (voters) had spoken, it was not for the District to question the outcome, so why are we spending any time dissecting it?
I will be so bold as to state that when something is being proposed, as it was in this case, those who oppose it will be sure to get out and vote against it. Those who are in favour of what is being proposed or ambivalent to it will often not bother to get out and vote because they are happy if the vote passes, or in some cases, when they can't make up their minds, they are fine with either outcome.
My point here is that I believe the people (voters) who wanted a no vote had their voices heard - there were 853 of them. The remaining 6,786 eligible voters (868 who took the time to vote yes) were either in favour of the referendum or ambivalent. None of these numbers increases the numbers of the no votes.
The opposition to the referendum, with the most vocal and visible voters, was largely personal not business. The carryover from previous battles lost has caused these people to want to win -at any expense.
It's time we put our differences aside and pour our collective energy into improving the future of our lovely community. Instead of fighting change and growth, let us work at managing it, because as we know, change is inevitable and no growth often means eventual demise.
Carolyn Minchin, Sechelt
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