Letters to the Editor

Millions for overpass, little for Westside Road

To the editor:

My letter is in response to MLA Ben Stewart’s recent comments about Westside Road.

Central Okanagan Regional District director Jim Edgeson has been pointing out the dismal condition of the road for a number of years now. (Wrong Kind of Attention for Westside Road, May 8 Capital News.) But it takes an upcoming election and a BCAA survey naming Westside Road as the worst road in B.C. to get any interest or movement from this Liberal government.

Stewart mentions that the planned repairs will not be the “Cadillac” version of road work.

I guess not, as the Westbank First Nation received the keys to the Cadillac in the form of a tunnel that leads nowhere and an overpass into their new shopping center to the tune of $41 million.

I should also point out that Westbank First Nations received another $8 million in compensation and was due to receive 700 acres of publicly held land in exchange for seven-plus acres of land. It was only public outcry and a great deal of public pressure that cancelled this land exchange.

Thanks to West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater and the West Kelowna council for not backing down on the issue.

There is a saying that anyone can spend money but few can spend it wisely. This Liberal government has proven time and time again that it is unable to spend tax payers’ funds wisely.

Graeme James,

Kelowna

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