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It’s just political posturing to complain about Rose Valley land swap now
To the editor:
Re: District Against Land Swap, Aug. 4 Capital News.
The latest land transfer of almost 700 acres of provincial Crown land near Rose Valley Regional Park in exchange for eight acres of highway frontage for the new Westside Road overpass in West Kelowna might not be so important today but it will seem like the steal of the decade in 30 years when there are 100,000 people living on the Westside and water is worth its weight in gold.
West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater and council are too late to do much about this deal as it was really done two years ago and well before the heavy equipment starting digging. Mayor Findlater is really trying to boost his tough guy image just in time for the next civic election in November 2011.
The issue is between the Westbank First Nation and the provincial government as they needed to expand the highway and the land they wanted belonged to WFN. If it was not WFN land then the province would have paid market value for the land to the owner(s) out of taxpayer’s pockets and thus kept the Rose Valley land.
If the mayor thought this Crown land was so valuable then, as a member of council back in 2007, he should have had the province add it to the Rose Valley Regional Park. He and council had the pick of the litter back then.
This is the same park that is under District of West Kelowna jurisdiction. End of story. What he is really doing is complaining after the sale.
We have all had a few of those in our lifetime—the one that got away. You know—the mint ’65 Mustang convertible that sold for a song at an estate sale.
Even our own MLA Ben Stewart, aka Quail’s Gate Winery, thought it was a fair deal. I wonder if he would trade a cow for a hand full of beans, I mean almost 700 acres for eight?
Come on, Mayor Findlater and council, you missed out and now are pointing fingers. WFN had a prized commodity and traded it for a future prospect. Plus they can develop this remaining land with a commercial strip mall with no red lights and a stone’s throw to Kelowna. Sounds like a great deal to me if I was WFN.
Good luck in the next election Mayor Findlater, but it may be too late to play tough guy. Dirty Harry you are not.
Randall Kovacs,West Kelowna