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ROTHENBURGER – We’ve now crossed the line of incivility into death threats

Mayor Colin Basran. (Image: Colin Basran, Facebook)

IT KEEPS GETTING TOUGHER and tougher to serve your community in politics. This week, a 52-year-old man was arrested for threatening the life of Kelowna mayor Colin Basran.

It’s worth examining how this came about.

Basran used a little-known power given mayors under the Community Charter to force reconsideration of a decision by his council. Without going through the normal process of a motion to reconsider by a member of the prevailing side, the mayor can invoke a section of the Charter that gives him or her the authority to bring back the matter for another vote.

That’s what he did in the case of a condominium development, which had been defeated at a meeting from which a member of council had been absent. With a full council, the project was approved.

The decision didn’t sit well with those who opposed the controversial plan. As part of a Facebook discussion on the decision, a commenter suggested someone should “put a bullet” in Basran.

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Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

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About Mel Rothenburger (6696 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – We’ve now crossed the line of incivility into death threats

  1. John Noakes // May 19, 2019 at 6:02 AM // Reply

    Death threats should be treated seriously and hopefully the guy who made the threat will see the justice system at work.

    I also question why seemingly so many people have such strong feelings against the mayor?
    Was the project so important to him personally that he invoked that “little used” section of the Community Charter in order the development be given second consideration and in doing so, see the project approved?
    Who was the developer? Did the developer have special ties to any elected member of municipal government?
    Stuff like that can often work itself out as time goes by. “Special consideration” situations have led to the eventual end of political careers before.

    Death threats are to be considered as being real. Everyone should be thankful the police acted in a timely manner and made an arrest.

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