Letter: Remember come election time

 

Dear Editor,

As it is apparent that the fall election campaign rhetoric has started, I would like to counter some comments from Mayor Jack Froese regarding his intentions to seek re-election [Froese running, June 24, Langley Advance].

Froese has said council has shown it listens when people have concerns, citing the Glen Valley land sale which caused a furor but ended with a portion of municipal land being declared a park, and another portion sold to Trinity Western University, and set aside as a conservation area.

As a supporter and admirer of the Watchers of Langley Forest (WOLF), I find it ironic and frankly distasteful to read that a new and more positive political spin has been given to the Township’s decision to remove Glen Valley lands from the chopping block. 

Council only chose to “listen to the people” when WOLF and their many community supporters brought the sale to the attention of the local, national and international media. 

The media assault finally forced the Township to seek a compromise which was still in play when the offer of the Blaauw family to purchase resolved the matter. 

The McLellan Park designation was a capitulation more or less in light of the threat of more embarrassing lobbying by WOLF. I would strongly encourage voters to check the facts before November, in order to decide who should be elected to steer the Township for the next four years.

David Denyer, Langley

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