Referendum needed

Precedence is very clear that referendum is the proper process when considering re-allocation of public park lands in Penticton.

A public referendum was held before the city granted a non-profit society a 20-year lease to run Okanagan Lake marina. Similarly a referendum preceded the decision to take park land for the SOEC.

Why is this Council not following well established precedence regarding the proposed 40-year lease to a for-profit business displacing Skaha Park public park lands?

The timing of the city’s “consultation” so late in the approval process feels more like notification than proper process. Mayor and council can still do the right thing: give Pentictonites a real say in this important issues. Give us a referendum.

Tracy St. Claire

Penticton