Time for less government

Since moving to ‘paradise’ from Calgary 16 months ago, we are completely baffled by the over-governance that exists on the Island.

Re: John Harding’s editorial ‘Less government,’ (The NEWS, Aug. 30).

We absolutely agree with this commentary. Since moving to ‘paradise’ from Calgary 16 months ago, we are completely baffled by the over-governance that exists on the Island.

The City of Calgary 2015 census reported a population of 1,230,915, which covers an area of 848 sq. km. Calgary has one mayor and 14 councillors who represent 14 wards. Each councillor has two dedicated FTE staffers and share a pool of seven FTEs.

Calgary Police Services has one chief and four deputy chiefs overseeing headquarters, eight district offices, four community stations and one traffic section. Fire services has one chief and five deputy chiefs overseeing 39 fire stations, most of which have EMTs.

Perhaps the idea of amalgamation of some or all of the 13 municipalities in greater Victoria should be given serious consideration, again.

There is obviously little interest by the politicians affected. It is time for the taxpayers who support the fiefdoms to say enough is enough.

Remember, Proposition 13 worked in California and Oregon States several years back.

Don SnellParksville

Just Posted

Potty Mouth artist creating Funky Fungus

Parksville-Qualicum’s Carmen Lutz has people chuckling with her hand-made, rustic mugs

Qualicum Beach charity hosts fundraiser for Guatemalan students

Aldea Maya has been working in the Central American country since 2012

Parksville Lawn Bowling Club on a roll for artificial turf

Project to cost over $500,000 but will save club money

More Parksville pop-up water parks planned

Fire department says Sunday, Aug. 18 next one on the agenda

Hi Neighbour Day celebrates 50th year in Errington

Pancake breakfast, parade, zucchini race and more planned for this years’ festivities

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

RCMP, search crews hunt for 4-year-old boy missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

Most Read