The responses of candidates set out below are the clearest and most accurate available from any source at the present time.
The Comox Valley Record recently polled all candidates running in this election on a number of issues. Unfortunately the Record’s question about Maple Pool was fundamentally and fatally flawed, resulting in a very confusing mishmash of responses making it very difficult to understand which candidates stand where.
The Record asked each candidate to answer with a simple “yes” or “no” to the question “As opposed to spending money on a lawsuit, would you approve of taxpayer dollars being spent helping to bring Maple Pool Campground into compliance with zoning regulations”?
Unfortunately, that question is akin to the famous question “Have you stopped beating your wife?” That is so because it is really two separate questions rolled into one, together with an assumption which in fact is false. The false assumption is that spending taxpayers’ money on rezoning is necessary in order for the lawsuit to be terminated. The fact is that rezoning is completely unnecessary because the existing zoning does not apply to this property, and therefore there is no reason why public funds should be expended.
So a candidate cannot answer “yes” or “no” to this compound double question without misrepresenting his/her position. An affirmative response indicates the candidate is willing to spend public funds on a project which is totally unnecessary; if the candidate answers “no”, he/she indicates an unwillingness to terminate the lawsuit.
We also forced the candidates to essentially answer “yes” or “no”. But our question was a simple one, not a compound question. For that reason, our polling results are the only clear and accurate results available. The following table unambiguously sets out both the candidates who have pledged unequivocally to end the lawsuit, and those who have declined to let us know their position.
Website Poll of Candidates on Maple Pool
If I am elected on November 15, my action on Maple Pool will be:
- I shall vote to continue the City’s legal action to close down Maple Pool Campsite and evict its residents.
- I shall vote to permanently stop the City’s legal action to close down Maple Pool Campsite and evict its residents.
List of Candidates & Responses from Candidates to date
|Larry Jangula||I shall vote to permanently stop the City’s legal action to close down Maple Pool Campsite and evict its residents.|
|Terry Chaney||I shall vote to permanently stop the City’s legal action to close down Maple Pool Campsite and evict its residents.|