Never before has there been a need for stability on the top. We have endured three mayors in four years, creating uncertainty and costly indecisiveness.
In 1990, then mayor Paul Reitsma listened to the majority of the citizens opposing the massive development of the Flats on the beach so he broke the tie vote and said no, thus forever saving the estuary and a clear skyline. He opposes other such developments.
In 2003, then councillor Chris Burger lead the way voting for the high rise waterfront development we have now, totally ignoring the wishes of the citizens. His actions forever changed the character and identity of Parksville.
One buckled under the pressure, the other stood tall and did not waver. We need not followers.