Opinion

Our take: Fall election lines are already being drawn

It’s the middle of July and most Cowichan residents are far more invested in ice cold drinks and sun umbrellas than they are in local politics.

But it’s pretty hard not to notice there will be an election this fall.

In North Cowichan, battle lines are being drawn around the issue of taxation. Even before today’s story on a tax revolt group forming, we’ve heard several residents make reference to skyrocketing municipal taxes. And we only expect that to intensify in the weeks to come.

In the south end, another mantra is forming. The ECO Depot may seem like last election’s issue. But it is being bundled with the Shawnigan Lake dump controversy and the Balme Ayr gravel pit application as evidence of a CVRD tendency to wilfully ignore public feedback and a need for change.

We expect to see these themes hammered home again and again in the coming weeks as Cowichan’s unelected political movers and shakers attempt to replace the ones currently holding the reins of power and turn our community in new directions after Nov. 15.

Only in Duncan — the community that historically almost guarantees incumbents get re-elected — have the battle lines yet to be drawn.

But that is almost certain to come.

It should be an interesting fall.

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Just in case anyone was unclear from Wednesday’s Our Take: Duncan and North Cowichan already make independent contributions to the Cowichan Sportsplex. The editorial encouraged them to contribute through a new CVRD function. Residents of those communities will not take part in the fall referendum on that function.

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