Re: “Amalgamation not the answer,” letter, March 29.
I am inclined to disagree with the letter-writer who is against amalgamation. I would certainly not approve of amalgamation if it meant that political representation would follow the current municipal boundaries.
But, at present, all it takes is attendance at one Capital Regional District board meeting to watch municipal self-interest front and centre. The voting is so skewed that the one municipality, Esquimalt, shouldering the entire burden, socially, economically and environmentally, only has one vote at the table.
Clearly, the CRD is broken. I’m sure it made sense at one point to have so many municipalities, perhaps when it was a day’s carriage ride to Sooke, and one had to water one’s horse at the Six Mile House and the 17 Mile House ... but really, in this day and age?
The province should have forced amalgamation in 1966 rather than create yet another level of bureaucratic tomfoolery. We see the broken results in our policing situation and in the constant bickering with regard to transit issues.
The municipal leaders cannot get out of their municipal mindsets to think regionally. And make no mistake, the province benefits from this setup, when municipalities are so busy fighting amongst themselves they have neither the energy nor the inclination to go after the province on issues of importance. It’s called divide and conquer.
The CRD is a bogus, pseudo-democratic body with no political legitimacy and easy access to your tax dollars.
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