Citizen Voice Project not endorsing candidates

Dear editor,

I don't quite know what to make of the editorial in the Oct. 28 edition of the Record.

Dear editor,

I don’t quite know what to make of the editorial in the Oct. 28 edition of the Record.

I know some people are fond of symmetry but comparing the Citizen Voice Project to the Common Sense Party is comparing apples with oranges.

The Common Sense Party is advocating a certain political position.  It seems secretive as to who is behind it and seems to have been bankrolled quite handsomely, as full-page ads do not come cheap.

The Citizen Voice Project is not advocating anything except democratic  participation.

We ask people what they think via our survey campaign. We have asked the candidates where they stand on various questions, which incidentally you can see on our webpage citizenvoiceproject.ca   We do not hide who we are.

At open houses in June and in September our executive was there to greet and talk to people. Nothing secretive about that. While we did receive some money from the Columbia Institute’s Citizens Matter project, it was never our intention to endorse candidates.

I will state this again. The CVP will not endorse any candidates in the upcoming elections and never had any intention to do so.

Our members, except for myself as chair of CVP, are certainly free to do so, but it is their personal endorsement, not that of the Citizen Voice Project.

Brian Charlton,

Courtenay

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