I’d like to respond to George Mural’s letter to the editor in the Oct. 5 edition of the Penticton Herald where he stated that he would not vote NDP if Tarik Sayeed is the candidate. Unfortunately, this is a sentiment that I have heard repeatedly since Tarik announced his intentions to seek the nomination.
Tarik made a serious error as a young politician — he chose to ignore public opinion on his decision to support the removal of park lands for a development. It doesn’t matter that he believes he was right; it doesn’t matter that he is surrounded by people who support his decision. What matters is that he ignored public opinion.
Hundreds of people in Penticton donated their time and money in an attempt to have Tarik and others understand the importance of the public park at Skaha Beach. Tarik chose, for reasons unbeknownst to most of us, to ignore these efforts.
Voters wait. Voters remember. And, voters render judgement. Just ask the entire previous Summerland council who were not re-elected after voting to remove precious lands from the Agricultural Land Reserve.
It is unfortunate for the NDP that they may have a candidate who will not garner enough votes in Penticton needed to carry this constituency. As a public school teacher, I know as well as anyone that the current government has got to be replaced.
One person I know who is smiling about Tarik Sayeed as a potential candidate for the NDP is the current Liberal MLA, Dan Ashton.