EDITORIAL – With referendum date set, will Kamloopsians share the vision?

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE VISION FOR A PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE is about to be put to the test again.

Kamloops voters will go to the polls on Saturday, April 4.

The question will be, “Are you in favour of the City of Kamloops borrowing up to $45 million to construct a Kamloops Centre for the Arts?”

Except for the amount, that’s almost exactly the same as the question on the 2015 ballot when the first PAC plan was voted down.

Council will also spend $35,000 for a communications plan.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – With referendum date set, will Kamloopsians share the vision?

  1. Has the way of governing come to the point where the public is going to be in a constant state of debt?

  2. The “Yes” side needs to be very well prepared because a loosely organized “No” side can easily upset the referendum results.

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