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Feel-good not feasible
It is instructive to look at the attitudes of the Oak Bay municipal council.
It seems to be less than satisfied with the role it has taken on guiding the development of this small community.
Indeed, one may wonder why the members ran for this public office. They feel a need to become involved in big-picture politics, shaping the global climate by offering – at the expense of Oak Bay residents – free fill-ups for luxury electric automobiles.
Are they trying to make a point that British Columbia has excess hydroelectric power that should be soaked up in this way? Hardly.
Or is it an indirect statement of support for Site C Dam? Of course not.
It is simply a feel-good initiative that is ill-thought out and in reality is embarrassingly naive.
The frustration in this is that council seems not to recognize that the most significant steps which can be exercised by any level of government are those that will strengthen and secure stable family and community life.
Oak Bay is a model of a community-centered municipality which should be cheered from the rooftops as a success.
How then could council support the abomination that is the Clive which, in its proposed form, would bring inappropriate, over-scale development to Oak Bay?