Our neighbouring community of Langford has had the same Mayor, Stewart Young, for 32 years. Several councillors have served from near inception of Langford in 1992. That’s an impressive track record of experience and makes for a Council that deeply understand their community and likely work well as a team.
Langford has consistently been ranked as one of the best communities in British Columbia, taking a broad ranking of community factors (see here) while North Cowichan ranks in the bottom half of the 50 communities surveyed. North Cowichan too, has had, consistency in its Council and politics. John Lefebve was a three term Mayor, before the recent term for Al Siebring, and drove a decidedly left leaning set of policies. The last election saw a wholesale takeover by a slate decidedly activist Councillors.
The result? A projected 25% (or so) tax increase over the next five years. (see here)
The upcoming election presents an opportunity for change (see here). Koury, along with Joyce Behnsen, Mike Caljouw, Bruce Findlay and Charles Borg, will bring us reasonable development, pro-housing, pro-solution, focussed, and competent leadership. These candidates have real world experience, real world common sense.
So we will be deciding our future as a community. Do we continue the slide to complete mediocrity? Or do we take a chance to build a vibrant community with housing for everyone, enough jobs for those that want to stay, an abundance ion services for everyone, and the resources to save our local environment?
It’s our choice and we will reap what we sow.