I have noted the report with respect to the decision by council for Abbotsford to leave the Fraser Valley Regional District.
This decision clearly indicates why we need a new mayor and a change in council. If you are quoting George Peary correctly when he reportedly states, “Our motive is what is the best value for our taxpayers,” I can only ask George Peary why he considers it proper to take money from the pensions of seniors to place it in the hands of the NHL – after all the AHL is simply an arm of the NHL. The NHL can afford to play individual players millions of dollars each. They do not need any monies from the taxpayer.
The cost of this far exceeds the suggested $750,000 as our contribution to the FVRD, and we basically get nothing from the AHL, whereas we have real tangible benefits from being part of the FVRD.
I might even suggest we have a duty to continue our involvement, as we are definitely within this district.
From my observations over the last several years I am confident that George Peary and the majority of our present council are much more interested in placating the business community than in taking proper care of the taxpayers.
The P3 water project is just further proof that George Peary is prepared to hand over control of the city to business interests.
If you have not yet voted I can only strongly suggest that with the exception of council member Patricia Ross, we need a clean sweep at city hall.