The Green Party Sewage Shell Game

Let’s be clear.

Elizabeth May supports the secondary sewage treatment with existing technologies.

The reason is simple.

Many green advocacy groups like the BC Sierra Club, Georgia Straight Alliance, and Water People support the plan.

Consequently, the Green Party’s stance on stopping the secondary sewage treatment plant is muted, mixed and muddy.

Over the course of the past few weeks Don Galloway has argued that the democratic deficit was the number one issue facing Canadians.

Then Don’s attention turned to the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement.

At the James Bay all candidates’ debates he claimed that the Agreement was ‘the biggest issue facing Canada!’

This, your servant immediately reminded the audience, was over the top, and while an important issue, paled in comparison to global warming.

We are now waiting for what next flavour-of-the-day crisis will captivate the attention of the Green Party, but I promise you it won’t be stopping the secondary sewage treatment plant because too many of Elizabeth May’s constituency support it.

Don may say he’s against it but he didn’t show up on Wednesday morning to support the ARESST demonstration in front of the CRD, the sewage issue appears at the bottom of the list of his priorities, and at none of the events I have attended with him does he even mention it unless asked directly.

Only one candidate, in the words of the Victoria Times Colonist, has got it right from the start and is running against the mad plan.

“Liberal party candidate Paul Summerville breathed new life into the anti-secondary sewage treatment forces when he launched his campaign with a no-holds barred rejection of the proposal, calling it a “billion-dollar boondoggle.”


Summerville maintains the Capital Regional District could get an exemption from current federal wastewater regulations simply by having the region designated as a lower wastewater risk.”

Don’t be fooled by the Green Party sewage shell game. 

Vote for Paul Summerville on November 26th to stop the sewage plant and the huge taxes increases to follow.

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