A recent rally against a land development project in east Newton. (Now-Leader).

OUR VIEW: Sometimes your voice matters, other times not so much

Change of heart, where vox populi – the voice of the people – is concerned?

It is common practice for city politicians to explain why they voted a certain way on a proposed development project, particularly if it’s a controversial one.

Surrey Councillor Tom Gill was first out of the gate on Tuesday, when council approved a proposal for Eaglequest Surrey Coyote Creek golf course.

He voted against it.

“Based upon what I’ve seen over the last two nights, I’m not in a position to be able to support an application that has upwards of 3,000 people that have concerns,” he said at the meeting.

You see, more than 2,800 people opposed to the development had signed a petition.

One may question why Gill’s same reasoning did not apply to the “Save Hawthorne Park” movement.

They collected 12,244 signatures on a petition opposed to city hall’s plan to run a connector road through the park and yet Gill presented a motion to accept the report that authorized staff to proceed with the work.

As a footnote, Mr. Gill indicated to us last August that he doesn’t place much truck in petitions.

“I’m just telling you that my experience tells me that there are many times when petitions go around that people are unaware, are in a hurry, they sign things just to be able to carry on with their business,” he said at the time.

So what gives, Mr. Gill?

Change of heart, where vox populi – the voice of the people – is concerned?

READ ALSO: Surrey approves controversial development at Eaglequest golf course

READ ALSO: Save Hawthorne group seeks legal advice after Surrey’s ‘request’ to not hand out forms on civic property

READ ALSO: ZYTARUK: Hawthorne hijinks not funny at all


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Cloverdale Rodeo finishes with thousands in prizes, Will Senger memorial

Overall, more than 21,000 people came to the rodeo over the four days

Arrest made in last week’s double shooting in East Van

Carleton Stevens, 37, is charged with attempted murder and remains in custody

2018 Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair Round-up

Looking back on the community events, rodeo and country fair that took place over May long weekend

Delta police ask for help to find missing senior

Howard Venus was last seen at 10:45 a.m. on May 20 at Delta Hospital

RCMP warns public after woman allegedly groped in Newton

Officers appealing for any information that may lead to a suspect identification

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

Rachel Notley to skip premiers conference to focus on pipeline deal

Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline project until it receives assurances

B.C. tech company will power Uber Elevate

Moli and Uber announce research and development partnership.

UPDATE: Woman dies in ocean accident near Tofino hours before daughter’s wedding

“We are so thankful to everyone who helped our mom.”

Olympian sues USA Swimming, saying it failed to protect her

Ariana Kukors Smith alleges her former coach Sean Hutchison began grooming her for sexual abuse at the age of 13

Defence minister thanks troops for B.C. flood relief work

Harjit Sajjan says not only was military response quick, support from locals has been ‘tremendous’

Couple survives being buried in mudslide on B.C. highway

The couple, from Saskatchewan, were en route to Nelson when a tree fell in their path

‘So grateful:’ Injured Bronco hockey player glad he’s alive, works on recovery

Ryan Straschnitzki was badly hurt in the accident: a spinal injury, broken ribs, a broken collar bone, and punctured lung

PHOTOS: Floodwaters rise and fall in Grand Forks

The flood-ravaged Kootenay-Boundary region begins to heal

Most Read