Many worried and stressed Shawnigan residents have been wondering why Shawnigan Director Bruce Fraser and the BC Liberal friendly CVRD Board have been dragging their feet over the SIA application to dump 5 million tons of contaminated soil in the Shawnigan Watershed.
Although facing unthinkable harm to the watershed, creek, lake and drinking water the CVRD have been pursuing a remedy with the speed and vigour of serious competitors in a slow bicycle race.
The politicians are armed with a bylaw already approved by the province and yet enforcement has just not been in the cards for reasons difficult to comprehend. Well, that is until you delve into the political dimension.
Director Fraser has made a great deal out of the so called ‘collaboration’ with BC Liberal Environment Minister Terry Lake.
In fact Minister Lake has been bussed around the South Cowichan region on an illegal dumping tour with CVRD Directors and personnel.
Where did that get us and what was the result you might ask? Nothing, that is what.
There is no room for partisan politics when facing this challenging threat but that is what we have here, in spades.
Now after a couple unsatisfactory public meetings that foreshadowed the situation faced today rumours of preliminary approvals have surfaced. In fact they have been made on Shawnigan Director Bruce Fraser’s website.
You will notice that BC Liberal candidate Steve Housser is all over it and of course why wouldn’t he be. His thinly veiled stroking of Director Fraser is no accident. Housser did not arrive he was sent.
Cowichan BC Liberal President and Mr. Housser’s Campaign Manager is none other than Patrick Hrushowy. Hrushowy has been retained by the CVRD to act as a communications liaison for the CVRD to stick handle this issue with his BC Liberal friends in Victoria.
Good grief it seems to be that the CVRD’s web of deceit and manipulation mirrors that of their leader Christy Clark. Could this be another arm of their discredited ‘Quick Win’ Strategy? Threaten and rescue is an old ploy and nothing would surprise me at this stage.
The role of local government politicians is to represent the communities that elect them and local representatives should not allow themselves to be co-opted as is the case with the many of the CVRD Directors today.
The residents of Shawnigan have been left to twist in the wind while their Director plays provincial political games attempting to prop up the likes of ‘Do Nothing’ Environment Minister Terry Lake.
It is not only Premier Christy Clark that has behaved badly in office. Her farm team at the CVRD need to be thoroughly investigated as well. Their handling of this issue makes you wonder why they are there offering themselves up as political representatives.
The BC Liberal friendly CVRD Chair Hutchins and the South Cowichan CVRD Directors have chosen to be political handmaidens instead of vigorous representatives standing up for their community. It is not good enough, not even close.
Savvy Shawnigan voters understand that NDP MLA Bill Routley will be re-elected and sit as member of the next NDP government.