Whose community values?

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Editor:

In listening to Mayor Milne’s podcast interview with Coast Reporter a couple of weeks ago I noticed that he refers to his values and our community values at least 10 times. The pursuit of such values is certainly a noble gesture to the governance of Sechelt. The term, however, makes for a much better sound bite when one is in campaign mode. After all, what specifically are our, or his, “community values”? He doesn’t elaborate. Do we all have the same values? Or are our community values being moulded to mirror his personal values?

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I imagine most of us would share similar goals for our community – like affordable housing, a more reliable water supply in times of drought, better paying jobs for our youth than McDonald’s might offer, more effort and compassion for those unfortunate occupants living near the sinkhole of Seawatch, better progress with creating seniors care facilities, etc. It seems to me that Mayor Milne’s pursuit of these “community values” over the past four years has accomplished very little in any of these areas. He and several councillors have now notched up numerous terms in office; surely it’s time for a change. New blood, new energy, new ideas!

Geoff White, Sechelt

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