This summer, I addressed White Rock council in an effort to educate those with a responsibility to represent their electorate regarding medical cannabis (Cannabis advocates speak, June 10).
I had hoped for meaningful dialogue, noting Mayor Wayne Baldwin’s comments that having its own government makes White Rock “a lot more responsive. There’s a sense of engagement that you just don’t get in the larger places.”
Unfortunately, they demonstrated no such sense of engagement and never followed up. Further, just a few months later – with a fentanyl crisis raging – the mayor recognizes the recent deaths as “so tragic” but, while he would support a local initiative, he says it makes sense for Surrey to take the lead on matters (‘Dangers of fentanyl must be known,’ Nov. 25).
So which is it?
I am unclear what level of engagement prompts some investment in this wonderful community, and I am underwhelmed at the political side-stepping as many people require leadership and support while others are dying.
David Hutchinson, Surrey