It’s bad enough the City accepted $300,000 from Ajax to hire a consultant to do exactly the job the provincial and federal governments are doing in assessing the mine application.
But now SLR Consulting says it needs more cash to finish this exercise in redundancy, and the dummies on council have agreed to it. Why throw good money after bad to find out exactly the same information, or possibly less than the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office is reviewing, and will factor into its decision, and which will be used by the federal government to come to its decision? It’s beyond comprehension.
If this is an attempt to demonstrate that council is looking after the interests of its citizens, it’s failing on every level. As the mayor so correctly pointed out, this is all about some council members playing politics, and engaging in fear mongering and demonstrating their distrust of the processes senior governments have in place that are intended to represent the best interests of the citizens of Kamloops.
Deciding to blow more money suggests these petty politicians can’t make the tough decisions, and are more interested in playing political games, than in guarding the welfare of the citizens of Kamloops. November 2018 can’t come soon enough.
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