A review of the list of candidates for Qualicum Beach council indicates that the local NDP group is determined to gain control. Barry Avis, who was soundly rejected in the provincial election last year as our NDP candidate, is back to join his friend, Mayor Teunis Westbroek.
Westbroek was seen parading former NDP leader Adrian Dix all over town introducing him to everyone in sight (source: Dix’s Facebook entry, June 10, 2012).
They have been joined by two out-of-town recruits (a different issue): Dolores Fraser and Len Mustard. Fraser, wife of Alberni-Pacific Rim NDP MLA Scott Fraser, and Mustard both live in French Creek (according to their addresses on the town’s website) and enjoy a much lower tax rate than Qualicum Beach residents (according to my conversations with the RDN finance department and my own Qualicum Beach tax bill). Now they want to decide how to spend our tax dollars.
Avis likes to claim he will provide “good value for our tax dollars” (his campaign brochure), but in my view his record while in council is just the opposite. For example, the final phase of the ring road finished more than a million dollars over budget which we, the taxpayers, had to pay off (The NEWS, Nov. 11, 2005).
That council with Avis and Westbroek then arranged to purchase the school bus garage property for $1.5 million dollars, hundreds of thousand of dollars over its value and with no plan in place for its future use (The NEWS, March 20, 2012).
Would you trust these candidates to manage your own personal financial portfolio? Be sure to cast your ballot on November 15.
Pat HadleyQualicum Beach