Divisive politics in QB

For over a decade we have had a corrosive political environment in Qualicum Beach.

For over a decade we have had a corrosive political environment in Qualicum Beach. I am tired of it. It has now gotten to a point of true ugliness. Why? I believe it is because using the “threat” of changing our “village” has been a very successful re-election strategy.

We all moved here because we want the small-town feeling and I don’t believe any candidate wants to endanger that.

Some candidates state that “development” will destroy it. Nobody defines what “development” is, but it is considered a dirty word and now limits reasonable discussion.  It is so bad that some in the general public have adopted a ‘gang’ name-calling mentality,  vs support for the democratic process.

Some in the public show disrespect to our current elected officials and I think this is shameful. Nobody talked about a ‘gang’ when the mayor voted to create a three to two majority when I was a member of town council. Coincidentally, it has been since Teunis Westbroek has been in a minority voting position that we now hear the derogatory term “gang of three.”

I will be voting for people who want to create a legacy of collaboration, teamwork despite individual viewpoints, and a willingness to listen instead of a legacy of political corrosiveness and incivility. In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a supporter of mayoral candidate Denyse Widdifield and others, but I have tried to stay away from being an active campaign team member as I get too worked up and frustrated in this political environment.

I urge you to challenge anyone who tells you the viewpoint of candidates that they do not personally support. They are using this corrosive political strategy.

Together we can change this unhealthy political environment.

It is in the words we chose, the respect we show individuals, the questions we ask, and our willingness to do our own research and listen with an open mind. It is very important for every single voter in Qualicum Beach to get to the polls. Even the term “silent majority” is being used to promote political derision. This is not the time to be silent. Please get out and vote for the individuals you believe are most invested in adding value to our community.

Wendy MaurerQualicum Beach

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