Time for a change says Barker

Nathan Barker says he can bring youth and energy to director’s chair for Area E on the Cowichan Valley Regional District board.

"It’s something I’ve been thinking about for quite a few years," said Barker, who grew up in Area E. "I think it’s time for a change, for a new perspective in the area. Loren’s [Duncan] been in there a long time, acclaimed, and I think it’s wrong for so many decisions to be made without the citizens actually actively voting for somebody to represent them."

He also brings a knowledge of the area to the table and a definite stand on a number of key issues.

Barker said it is vital to preserve the agricultural and rural feel of the area, as well as encouraging small local businesses, as they are key to a sustainable local economy.

He’s also critical of how the issue of Area E contributing to the Cowichan Aquatic Centre has been handled. He’s in favour of Area E paying a share and not being hit with two-tier fees, and that it has taken too long to get to a resolution ensuring that.

"That should never have been in question," he said.

Barker’s philosophy on taxes is simple: "We should take what we need and leave the rest for the people."

"We should not support a topheavy government and unnecessary spending," he said.

Barker also promises an open door policy, and to be available on social media to hear residents’ concerns.

"I can bring renewed passion to Area E. I can bring a new perspective," he said.

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