Campaign Donations and Cable Bay

Fred PattjeFred Pattje, a candidate for Nanaimo City Council in the forthcoming municipal election, has announced on his website that he is not accepting corporate campaign donations. It’s sometimes hard to explain the decisions of certain members of our current city council, and I’m convinced that campaign donations are a factor. It’s rather scandalous that developers were and are the largest single source of campaign donations for many of our current councilors, particularly since council decides on land use applications from these same developers. Maybe it’s just business as usual, but to me, the whole system looks like special interests buying influence. So I applaud Fred Pattje’s decision to refuse corporate donations and he’ll definitely have my vote in November.

In the Current Issues section of his website, Fred also touches on the Cable Bay development project which will be discussed at a public hearing in the Port of Nanaimo Centre at 7 pm on Thursday, September 4, 2008. As Fred points out, this elitist golf course and upscale residential complex is urban sprawl pure and simple. It’s environmentally damaging and a blow to the downtown redevelopment plans in which our city has invested tens of millions of dollars. Needless to say, Fred opposes Cable Bay and I’m pretty certain he’ll be at the September 4th hearing. It should be very interesting to hear what he (and others) have to say and I urge everyone reading this to attend.

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