Leave of absence is not good news

Delta is short one councillor to do the work that a civil servant is supposed to be doing for the next 16 months.

I read in a recent article in your paper that Coun. Scott Hamilton is taking a leave of absence from Delta council, eliminating the need for a $200,000 byelection in Delta.

Mr. Hamilton has been granted a leave until January 2014.

Technically, he is still on Delta council, but will not attend all meetings that councillors are expected to attend.

That’s not good news for Delta. We are short one councillor to do the work that a civil servant is supposed to be doing for the next 16 months.

But I also hear that he can still vote on local municipal issues. He will not be here to serve Delta fully, but I am sure Mr. Hamilton will be present to vote for those key issues dear to his heart.

That’s my perspective on this story.


Christina Shyong


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