Criticism of TEAM candidates unfair

North Cowichan – Re: Group of candidates seems pretty political Mr. Scull wants to remind us that taxes fund important services for, among others, young families and elders.

What he fails to recognize is that in many cases, it is young families and elders who are suffering the most from the increases in our local taxes.

That Mr. Scull thinks this issue of taxes amounts to a protection of private wealth ignores thousands of his fellow citizens struggling to pay their property taxes, particularly with North Cowichan’s increases. To suggest that only wealthy landowners are bemoaning these increases is myopic at best, grossly inconsiderate at worst.

To suggest that these candidates are not community minded simply because they chose to coordinate their like-minded efforts, or because they are focused on fiscal responsibility, is a wholly unfounded argument. And on what basis can Mr. Scull possibly compare a group of local candidates to Reagan and Thatcher? It is a strange leap in logic: Mr. Scull takes the candidates’ plan for fiscal responsibility and compares it to the macroeconomic principles of two world leaders, principles which have nothing to do with the activities of our local council. Unfortunately, it is this type of conflated rhetoric that shuts down any meaningful dialogue in our public discourse.

Personally, I will consider the merit of each candidate on TEAM the same as I will for all other candidates: with a fair and open mind. I would never not vote for somebody simply because they chose to work with others during the election. Funny how we want our politicians to work effectively together, and then some of us complain when they do.

Jennifer Manuel

North Cowichan