Letter: Mayor Gray is ‘gambling’ with his re-election bid

Mayor Gray has stated that mobile home owners are “gambling” renting land at the whim of the landlord.

To the editor:

Affordable housing for citizens is a concern for all progressive cities in the western world.

However, Mayor Gray takes a different tack.

He cites five mobile park closures in which he has been involved. He stated that mobile home owners are “gambling” and are renting land at the whim of the landlord.

The landlords’ (and apparently the mayor’s) whims are not concerned with providing affordable housing to Kelowna citizens.

The displacement of the tenants at Hiawatha should, in the words of the mayor: “prove a lesson”  to those unable to secure $300,000+ for the average Kelowna mortgage.

The hardships imposed on senior citizens with fixed incomes and young families receiving service industry wages are apparently due to their “gambling” propensity when seeking shelter.

Perhaps if Mr. Gray decides to “roll the dice” again, in a bid to retain his position, the electorate may, on a whim, choose to displace him. This may “prove a lesson” of another kind.

Judy Harrold,

Kelowna