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The people of B.C. defied an out-of-touch provincial government, and voted down the HST.

The people of B.C. defied an out-of-touch provincial government, and voted down the HST. This despite a whole lot of “experts” telling them it was the wrong thing to do. I wonder if the voters of Abbotsford are offended enough to reject P3 water?

Our so-called choice is P3 or no water. If we were given a similar choice for the office of mayor, the choices would be  George Peary or  no mayor. The city would launch an expensive  campaign encouraging us to get out and exercise our democratic right. They would tell us we really need a mayor. Large, expensive ads would appear in local newspapers.

Despite the city’s attempt at “educating” us, we must push for other options.  Let’s work with Mission, instead of threatening to charge them premium rates to buy water. Let’s join with other municipalities who have chosen to lobby the feds to provide funding for publicly-owned systems. Let’s not be ashamed to staff a project with workers earning fair wages. Let’s ensure we have full control and total transparency in all aspects of this project, for the entire life of the project.

The federal money is significant, but shame on the federal government for tying funding (taxpayer dollars) to privatization, while claiming there is no other money available.

Let’s send our council and the federal government a message. Vote no.

Murray Lanoville

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