Opinion

Time for Westbroek to step down

This is my response to a letter ‘Mayor’s pay low’ by Doug Ebbett (The NEWS, July 3).

It was not that many years ago when people took on the job of councillor or mayor  as part of their civic duty. It was something that you transitioned from. You first spent time in the service clubs in town, then you moved on to a short term on council. It was never meant to be a career, or a way to supplement your retirement income. It is something you did for the community.

Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek is running this November for yet another term, his sixth. When he was replaced as the town’s representative on the board of the Regional District of Nanaimo he cried foul. Was that money he clearly felt he was entitled to and was expecting to receive? Just before the last election, Westbroek and council voted in a raise for themselves and now someone believes he needs more?

This is a great reason for term limits for any political position. The money and power go to their heads. It is time to get back to days gone by. Qualicum Beach has a population of only 8,500 — it is not a big city and we certainly don’t need a full-time mayor or council.

Thanks for the time you have spent Mayor Westbroek, but it’s time for someone else to give you a break and take over your duties — it’s time for you to step down.

Dave Bryan

Qualicum Beach

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