Field is wide open

With three council incumbents not running, there is much political opportunity in Qualicum Beach

Do you want Qualicum Beach to grow rapidly or do you want it to stay pretty much the same? Are there issues you think should be addressed, but they haven’t been? Are you pleased with the way things are going in the municipality or are you mad as hell and not willing to take it anymore?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, this could well prove to be your lucky day. Not for a long time has the opportunity to stand up and be counted been so wide open. If there ever was a time for people to put their money where their mouths — or pens — are, this November’s municipal election could well be it.

That’s because at least two and possibly three out of the four incumbent councillors have announced they won’t be seeking another term when voters go to the polls. Both Jack Wilson and Kent Becker have given a definite no, while Barry Avis won’t throw his hat into the ring until he knows whether or not he has won the provincial nomination for the NDP candidacy.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all three of the — possibly — departing incumbents for their hard work and dedication over the past term in the case of Becker and over the past several in the cases of Wilson and Avis. We know just how hard these guys have worked for the betterment of the community — and it’s not inconsiderable.

That said, their departure leaves a whole lot of opportunity for others who may feel they have something to contribute to the ongoing debate about the town’s future direction. The newcomers could well prove to be a majority in the next council.

Any takers?

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dave Wallace coached the Parksville Royals for 23 years. (PQB News file photo)
Baseball community mourns death of legendary Parksville Royals coach Dave Wallace

‘All who knew Dave and his passion for the game will miss him greatly’

Remains of the scene off Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek where three bodies were found on Nov. 1, 2020. (Mandy Moraes photo)
RCMP investigation continues into grisly discovery of 3 human bodies, 4 dead dogs near Whiskey Creek

Police still want to speak with motorist who picked up hitchhikers near scene on Nov. 1

An man from Errington died when his ATV went over an embankment on Northwest Bay Logging Road on the weekend. (File photo)
Errington man dies in ATV crash southwest of Parksville

Incident happened on Northwest Bay Logging Road on Saturday afternoon

A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest weekend of COVID-19 pandemic with 46 deaths; more than 2,300 cases

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides COVID-19 update

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C. researchers launch study to test kids, young adults for COVID-19 antibodies

Kids and youth can often be asymptomatic carriers of the novel coronavirus

A sign is seen this past summer outside the Yunesit’in Government office west of Williams Lake reminding visitors and members to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
B.C. First Nation leaders await privacy commissioner decision on COVID-19 information

Release of life-saving data cannot wait, says coalition of First Nations

MLA Jennifer Whiteside is B.C.’s new minister of education. She is speaking out against Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld and asking him to resign. (Black Press)
New education minister calls on Chilliwack trustee to resign

Whiteside echoes former minister’s promise to look at options to remove Barry Neufeld

Peter Beckett. ~ File photo
Supreme Court of Canada to decide if it will hear appeal in 2010 wife murder trial

Peter Beckett has stood trial twice for murder in connection with the death of his wife, Laura Letts-Beckett

Tabor Home in Abbotsford. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
B.C.’s largest COVID-19 care-home outbreak records 19 deaths, 147 cases

Tabor Home in Abbotsford has been battling outbreak since Nov. 4

Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston
‘Everyone wants a tree and they want it now’: Christmas tree sales on pace for record

Anticipated demand for Christmas trees has sparked a rush by some to purchase more trees wholesale

Most Read