The BC NDP Continues it's March Toward Plunging the Province into the Undemocratic Darkness of Outright Corporate Authoritarianism On Behalf of Development Lobby Interests

November 20, 2023

The following excerpt is quoted from Les Leyne's Times Colonist article: "Public hearings curbed in housing legislation":

"Single-family zoning isn’t the only thing abolished in the NDP government’s bill that mandates up to six dwellings on each such lot.

The bill also eliminates the need for public hearings except in specific instances. It not only removes the need, it specifically outlaws them.

“A local government must not hold a public hearing …” crops up three times in this week’s Bill 44, Housing Statutes (Residential Development) Amendment Act." Instead of advertising public hearings, the bill requires councils to advertise that they will not be holding them.

It’s not what you’d expect from a party with the word “democratic” in its name. This is a government that has a communication and public engagement department devoted to listening to and polling people on dozens of issues.

They just finished a consultation to help decide what the official provincial fossil should be.

But now they are imposing strict new limits on people’s ability to express views on vastly more important issues to do with what their neighbourhoods look like."

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