Having recently read an article by Stephen Hume in Vancouver Sun on the polarization of the debate about the Northern Gateway pipeline, it occurs to me that the same principles apply to the discussion of The George.
It is in the interests of the proponents to polarize the debate so that anyone who opposes the current proposal can be portrayed as against any form of progress. In fact, many people favour a smaller development that fits better with the character of the Town.
The economic interests of a developer are not necessarily the same as those of the other stakeholders, in this case primarily the residents of the area. Corporations are in business to make profits. Fortunately we have a community plan which reflects the wishes of the community. If a developer requests wholesale changes to the plan, we must ask whether those changes will benefit the developer or the community. Their interests may most definitely not be the same.
David Watkins, Gibsons