At its May 3 meeting, Courtenay city councillors voted to petition the Union of BC Municipalities Convention to send a letter to the premier of B.C. This letter would request the premier to halt logging in a number of areas on Vancouver Island.
I don’t think this was the right thing for the councillors to do.
First of all, I don’t think the city council should be used to further anybody’s political agenda. But, especially with regard to this issue. This is a very contentious and divisive issue.
Secondly, I think it wrong for the city councillors to come down on one side of the issue without taking into account the concerns of the forest industry and the workers and their families that rely on it.
Courtenay city council is the government of all the people and therefore should be neutral on an issue as divisive as this one.