Letter: Nasty campaigning in Colwood

I understand the saying “politics is a blood sport,” but I think we should draw.

I understand the saying “politics is a blood sport,” but I think we should draw the line on comments which are disrespectful, slanderous and blatant lies. I speak in particular to pre-election comments I heard on CFAX by mayor-candidate Brian Tucknott on behalf of himself, and his slate of candidates: Teresa Harvey, Bill Wagner, Rick McKay and Ernie Robertson.

Tucknott claims the City of Colwood has had 3 years of “fiscal mismanagement and incompetence.”

I can honestly say the City of Colwood has built a young, intelligent and extremely competent finance department, and supplemented it with insight and training from one of the brightest minds in municipal finance. There is no financial mismanagement by them, and they should not be accused of such actions for someone’s personal political ambitions.

Tucknott’s allegations are a direct insult to their credibility and damaging to their reputation and careers. These comments should immediately be retracted and an apology issued. If the intent was to insult the past council, Tucknott missed, and instead insulted the hardworking staff. I find that unacceptable.

Trevor Davies

President, CUPE 374

(Representing municipal workers in the City of Colwood, Oak Bay, Sidney, North Saanich, Sooke and Metchosin