Councillor urges vote

The debate over the prison in Penticton has engaged this community across a broad spectrum of opinion. This is to be expected and encouraged as the issue is of pivotal importance to the future of Penticton.

The debate over the prison in Penticton has engaged this community across a broad spectrum of opinion. This is to be expected and encouraged as the issue is of pivotal importance to the future of Penticton.

Like many other residents, I have done extensive research into both the facts and the perceptions. I have reached the conclusion a prison simply does not fit the long range vision for our wonderful community. Wedging the largest prison in B.C. into a recreational and agri-tourism centre is ill advised. I am not willing to sell what we value (priceless) for an uncertain hope of economic activity. I spoke out on this issue at city council meetings on April 18, and again on May 2, calling for a referendum. My position can be viewed by going to YouTube.com and requesting “Councilor Litke says No to Prison in Penticton”.

As the original proponent for a public vote on the issue, it would be hypocritical of me not to support the decision it generates, regardless of the outcome. Therefore I urge all residents to cast their ballots at City Hall and the council to respect the result.

Garry Litke

 

Penticton