Congratulations to John Gleeson for making some clear reasoned statement about the hijacking of our sensible majority in council in the March 7 Coast Reporter.
Mayor Wayne Rowe has made some good progress in finally bringing this area some creditability, and it is sad that the silent majority who supports him are being drawn into a required standing up to this organized "control mob" as described by Gleeson.
I for one do not have the time to sit through numerous council sessions and hearings to defend what our elected council and planning staff are attempting to and are paid by all of us to achieve, by doing their jobs.
In some dealings I have had with the planning department, their frustration is obvious. They want to see progress in this area for the good of all. The forced defence of their mandate is costly for us all.
As one who could open a business, employ a couple of our younger citizens who could get some training and mentoring in my industry, so that they could continue to reside here with worthwhile jobs, I hesitate to make that commitment until after the November election.
My hope is that Mayor Rowe will continue to make his obvious personal sacrifices and lead by example over the next term.
For those of you who share John Gleeson's well reasoned opinions, it seems time to make our own personal sacrifices and show our support of the mayor and council, who we elected, by showing up at the upcoming council meetings until November. The silent majority too often gets trampled by those loud and very organized small groups, which purport to represent all of us, but really have a hidden agenda, which in this case appears to culminate at the next municipal election.
W.C. Thompson, Gibsons
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