Investment in future

We are privileged to live in a vibrant, progressive and diverse city.

We are privileged to live in a vibrant, progressive and diverse city.

The free enterprise system and the entrepreneurial spirit have been the economic engine that has allowed us to build one of the best places in the world to raise a family and build a secure future.

Our residents are among the most generous in our country in terms of volunteering and donating financially. We need to handle our prosperity with care.

The debate around the Stave Lake water project has turned negative and is dividing our city.

It is easy to criticize, condemn and complain. Politicians are an easy target. I have listened to both sides and have come to the conclusion that we need to vote yes to Stave Lake Water on Nov. 19.

The no side offers no constructive alternatives other than conservation.

Although conservation is a noble goal that we should all work towards, it will not be enough to secure a sustainable water source.

City staff and professional consultants have studied 19 various scenarios and have concluded that Stave Lake is the best option.

The no side is funded by CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees). As a general rule, public sector unions are not known for helping to build a strong economy.

The federal government is offering a sizable amount of money that we would be foolish to reject.

The city is not selling our water rights to a private company. The city is simply partnering with the private sector to deliver a publicly owned and funded utility.

Many people are angry that the city is spending money to communicate the water issue to its citizens. They have no choice. How else can they engage the public in an important issue?

Others are angry that they are not given a choice of options.

Provincial legislation mandates that borrowing referendums must have 50 per cent plus one to pass. If we were presented with more than one option nothing would ever pass.

We elect a council who hire staff that are instructed to deliver services. Staff then works with engineers and professionals to study all the options.

The best option is then brought forward to the public for a vote.

It is commendable that the city has a vision to the future and is planning for our future.

I encourage people to seriously consider the future when they cast their vote. This is not frivolous spending – it is an investment in our future.

Ross Siemens