Local government values bureaucracy over taxpayers

Jack Peake recommends a “transportation authority” (Dec. 20, Citizen). We already have one.

Local government values bureaucracy over taxpayers

Why is it that local political leaders always want to put the cart before the horse?

Jack Peake recommends a “transportation authority” (Dec. 20, Citizen). We already have one. That is the job of the Island Corridor Foundation. The ICF is to act as a developer of the rail system. The ICF was given the rail bed to do something with it. It has already taxed local citizens along its rail line to begin repairs but to date has failed to deliver on its goals because it can’t get funding from senior levels of government. A new transportation authority will not guarantee a different outcome. All that Mr. Peake’s recommendation will do is create a new highly paid bureaucracy, which like the ICF, can provide no guarantee of success, but will forever saddle the taxpayers with another unnecessary burden. Let the ICF do its job!

Likewise, the CVRD wants to create a “water authority”. The water authority would have no legitimate authority to legislate but our local leadership is trying to create this highly paid bureaucracy even though to date, the CVRD has delivered nothing from senior levels of government that would even contemplate giving local control to a provincial and federal area of responsibility.

Therein lies the problem with our local government, they value and love to create bureaucracy over delivering results to the taxpayers.

Don Swiatlowski

North Cowichan

Just Posted

Province begins restricting water use on Koksilah River

Fish under threat due to low water flows

CVRD wants feds to take closer look at freighter anchorages

Board concerned about pollution and lack of oversight

Sculpture relocation plan works perfectly in Chemainus

Heavy lifting required to place Cline’s work into Heritage Square

VIDEO: Hoey and other Burma campaign veterans honoured at Cenotaph ceremony Aug. 14

The war in Burma against the Japanese was where Duncan’s only Victoria Cross winner lost his life

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft: RCMP

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

VIDEO: RCMP unveil new, state-of-the-art forensics lab in Surrey

The laboratory is expected to handle thousands of forensic services from across Canada annually

Scheer promises EI tax credit for new parents if Conservatives form government

The government currently taxes employment insurance benefits for new parents

B.C. seizes 1.5M grams contraband tobacco, down from 5.75M grams the year prior

The 2019-2020 seizures were a sharp drop compared to the 2018-2019 year,

B.C. Speaker tight-lipped about aide’s legislature security tour

B.C. Liberals question Alan Mullen’s drive across Canada, U.S.

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Most Read