Vic­to­ria coun­cil should pro­vide vi­sion

Times Colonist - - Comment -

Re: “An in­de­pen­dent look would get projects off to bet­ter start: Helps,” June 13. Vic­to­ria needs an in­de­pen­dent ref­eree? Why? Is it not the re­spon­si­bil­ity and, dare I say, obli­ga­tion of the city of Vic­to­ria coun­cil to pro­vide its cit­i­zenry and its busi­nesses the vi­sion for our city, based on the needs and as­pi­ra­tions of our neigh­bour­hoods? With that clar­ity, de­vel­op­ers and cit­i­zens can meet at a “neu­tral” venue. That venue be­ing city hall.

In my lengthy ca­reer as a pub­lic ser­vant, I can­not re­mem­ber a city coun­cil so out of touch with its cit­i­zens, or a coun­cil so un­will­ing to ac­knowl­edge the fail­ure of its city ad­min­is­tra­tors in their du­ties (Blue Bridge, bike lanes, de­vel­op­ment project fi­as­cos), and never I have seen a mayor so will­ing to evade the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of her office and pass onto any third party her du­ties. Shame on them all.

Shame on us for putting up with this. See you in Oc­to­ber at the polls. G. Al­lan Mitchell Vic­to­ria

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