Telephone townhall coerced voters

My wife and I received a telephone call around 7 p.m. on Nov. 9, inviting us to participate in a telephone debate...

My wife and I received a telephone call around 7 p.m. on Nov. 9, inviting us to participate in a telephone debate about the upcoming P3 referendum.

After an hour or two, we gave up in disillusionment about the way the this debate was conducted.

It seemed to us as though this whole telephone debate was politically engineered to coerce the voters of Abbotsford to vote in favour of the P3 decision. Little was done to answer questions that were not deemed to be in favour of the P3 project.

Why are we now looking at a P3 project? The Fraser River is one of the greatest suppliers of water in the world. Are we not able to tap into this supply and the Abbotsford aquifer without paying for the energy required to pump the proposed water over flat land?

And as per the closing remarks of this debate, the mayor urges us all to vote in favour of P3.  I sincerely hope that we are all urged to vote in the name of common sense and to elect someone as mayor who is a businessman and to elect members to council who have the business acumen to run this city sensibly and with financial responsibility and not to continue to run it as an entity that is not subject to the common sense of business and financial responsibilities.

John Moffitt