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.