Open letter to mayor and council:
As a long standing citizen of Kitimat I take an exception to the stonewalling by the mayor and the majority of council on councillor Germuth’s proposed motion to survey Kitimat residents on the Northern Gateway project.
It was a shameful display – what should have been a normal democratic process of moving the motion and debating it.
Voting to table the motion to avoid dealing with the issue shows a lack of concern for Kitimat residents, because the majority of councillors lacked the intestinal fortitude to discuss publicly this important matter.
Rather, they chose the hypocritical route of stonewalling.
A strong dose of pragmatism would have been in order to help those who wish to remain in eternal darkness in council chambers.
There must be future planning on the subject, not avoidance of it.
Those citizens who oppose and many who support Northern Gateway have already made their statements and positions known, without waiting for JRP report.
So why did the mayor and majority Councillors not stand up and debate the issue?
The fact is that once the JRP report is made public, there will be no point in a survey. As a mayor and council you have no plan on how to deal with Northern Gateway – except to wait and see.
What a plan. No position. No voice. Mayor and Council must have sores from sitting on the fence all the time!
Mayor and council has proventhemselves to be incapable, inept and unable to comprehend how to make the right and timely decision on Northern Gateway Project.
Now that they have been elected, the mayor and council have became “self” centered and stonewall our community.
And the voices of those that are concerned, like Councillor Germuth, are arbitrarily silenced.
Shame on the mayor and council.
Leon Dumstrey- Soos.