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Letter: New B.C. Museum should go outside Victoria

Build the new museum on a panoramic parcel of land in the Cowichan Valley, or the Alberni Valley

New B.C. Museum should go outside Victoria

Premier Horgan unveiled his secret plan for a new museum to the astonishment of all taxpayers. Because Horgan doesn’t care that Vancouver Island extends beyond the Langford Costco, he is putting a costly museum in the City of Victoria, as if it’s the most logical place for it. He’s wrong, and here’s what his government should do:

• Build the new museum on a panoramic parcel of land in the Cowichan Valley, or the Alberni Valley.

• Partner with First Nations to design and operate a spectacular west coast indigenous experience and destination.

• Build a high speed rail line to the museum and beyond, linking Victoria, Campbell River and the west coast.

• Leave the existing museum open while the new one is being built.

• Watch all of Vancouver Island become a world class tourist destination, not just Victoria and Tofino.

Greater Victoria has more than enough tourist attractions to keep travellers engaged, without spending a billion dollars on a new museum that will increase pollution, traffic congestion, and overcrowding in downtown Victoria.

Rosalind Chapman

Cobble Hill

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