The Endorsement

Murray Rankin is an outstanding candidate, articulate, accomplished, and passionate.

But he has damaged his credibility by insisting that the secondary sewage treatment plant plan can’t be stopped and more worryingly supports a plant that has been shown to have no net environmental benefit.

It can, and it doesn’t.

Yesterday, his ally in the lunacy of the billion dollar boondoggle, and the best possible example of image and pandering over science and fiscal responsibility, Mr. Floatie, chose to endorse Murray Rankin.

Sometimes in life you get the partners you deserve.

METRO NEWS -- Mr. Floatie endorses NDP’s Rankin in Victoria byelection

A transcript of Mr. Rankin's comments on a CBC radio interview from October 16, 2012 follows:

RANKIN: The problem with the sewage debate is that the provincial Liberals under a fellow named Barry Penner ordered the CRD to do secondary treatment in 2006. Recently the federal regulations were changed in the same, in the same vein. The CRD has to do what the law requires. And in 2006 the Liberal government ordered that to be done. Denise Savoie went to Ottawa and unlike in other communities, which needed sewage as well to comply with the law, managed to get some 250 million dollars to get on with it.

 

And the studies that I’ve seen within the CRD suggest that there is an environmental problem.

 

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