Letters to the Editor

Outside voices influence WTE

To the Editor,

We have been seeing some interference from politicians when their attempt to short circuit the Metro Van system failed.

A recent column by Regional District of Nanaimo director Alec McPherson urges the public “to hold the feet of their elected representative to the fire” after the RDN attempt failed to derail the project.

Likewise provincial MLA Doug Routley spent hours last week on the Duke Point WTE Information Group, strongly supporting the RDN’s McPherson.

The problem with that is the majority of Routley’s constituents reside in the Cowichan Valley Regional District, and they have shipped their garbage off Island for incineration for years; only recently has it been voted to ship off Island to a landfill. Sounds like the goose/gander dilemma here. How can he now oppose the very thing they have been doing for years?

How can these politicians supposedly make intelligent decisions without public consultation, without an environmental assessment, without an economic impact study, without even a proposal to look at? And why are they interfering with a facility that might be located and zoned in Nanaimo? Why would they interfere with a project that could be the biggest commercial investment for the City of Nanaimo in 50 years?

Tim McGrath
via e-mail

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