I am writing in regard to the letter from your reader John Fox (The NEWS, Aug. 28) and his assertion that democratic principles were not served when the RDN defeated the request to amend the regional growth strategy by the Town of Qualicum Beach.
He implied that this was due, in part, to the appearance of undue pressure by a “small group of unelected busybodies” opposed to “just about everything” and one that does not represent the “silent majority.” He urges the mayor and town council to take back control of the democratic process. Having attended all of the RDN sessions (both committee and board) as an observer, I can say that the many people involved were informed, engaged, respectful and caring citizens participating in due democratic process (and this certainly includes the RDN directors).
Let’s remember that we don’t live in a bubble, and the regional framework is essential for sustainable growth and development. In the view of many, voices would have been denied by the attempted railroading of the boundary change as a minor amendment by councillors Dave Willie, Mary Brouilette and Bill Luchtmiejer, a change that I believe would facilitate the aspirations of the Pheasant Glen development.
We have an election coming up shortly, and given the profound ramifications of this discussion for our community, all of us, including the so-called silent majority, have the timely opportunity to use the democratic process to have our voices heard through the ballot box.