Letters to the Editor

Negative option approval process flawed

To the editor:

Regarding Jennifer Smith’s article Dec. 12, City Decides to Sell Naming Rights for New Pool:

You mention that 4,521 people registered their opposition to the (Mission aquatic centre) project. But the alternative approval process was flawed.

Using rough numbers: there are 100,000 inhabitants in Kelowna; there are 80,000 registered voters and they were the only ones allowed to vote. Further, if you did not get to City Hall to cast your negative vote (for any reason), you were deemed to have made a positive vote—a really fair way to handle the “approval” process.

After the negative votes were counted, the mayor said that she had not been in favour of the process, but must have approved it in order for it to take place. Let us not forget the facts.

Geoff Walsh,


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