North Cowichan seriously misjudges citizen’s priorities

The proposed Marine Conservation Area, supported by some on council, is an example of a job killer.

North Cowichan seriously misjudges citizen’s priorities

North Cowichan municipality recently held community meetings seeking citizens’ feedback. Attendees were asked to indicate their preference for a list of 10 municipal agenda items.

In the Chemainus meeting, at the suggestion of the undersigned, an 11th category, economic development and job creation was added. This category received the largest number of votes at 19 per cent, surpassing the runners up of clean water (15 per cent) and infrastructure (13 per cent). The municipality obviously seriously misjudged citizen priorities by not presenting this top category of economic development and jobs at the other community meetings.

Jobs are a big issue in the Valley. My young neighbour travels to the Yukon for a good part of his employment and at least one of his friends, a Duncan lad, can only find good paying employment in the Alberta oil patch. He is of the opinion that rather than encouraging job creation, local government often impedes new industry. The proposed Marine Conservation Area, supported by some on council, is an example of a job killer.

With local elections coming up in 2018, candidates will do well to include real citizen priorities in their platform.

Don Graham

Chemainus

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