In regards to the recent situation regarding Courtenay city council and the request of Lead Now to speak about concerns regarding the Northern Pipeline.
It has saddened me to watch how the majority of Courtenay city council has been unavailable to the residents of Courtenay when any talk of the pipeline has been brought to them.
I have witnessed council meetings at city hall with a much greater attendance of residents when this issue was brought forward, and that to me shows that this is something a lot of people in Courtenay feel very strongly about. The fact that residents were not even granted the time to express to council concerns of how this pipeline will affect all coastal communities and oil sands workers leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
If city council is there to represent the people of Courtenay, should it not be standard that council take the time to at least listen before voting something out? The pipeline issue is loaded and many people have very different and passionate views about it. This letter is to state my view that I believe if council is to be the voice of Courtenay it should have the grace to listen to Courtenay’s residents. With respect,