Letter to the editor 8, June 15, 2017
666 Votes being ignored
Democracy and listening to what people want does not seem to resonate with St. Lazare’s mayor and most of the councillors. Example: 914 votes against Dune Lake acquisition – ignored; 483 votes against new town hall – ignored. * 666 votes against land purchase for traffic circle – ignored. The latest incident of voters’ voices being ignored is when St. Lazare District 4 Councillor Marc Esculier started an online petition to stop the commencement of land acquisition for a ‘questionable’ and ‘yet to be approved’ traffic circle on Bédard Avenue and Chemin St. Louis. 666 signatures were collected and submitted to council, but Mayor Robert Grimaudo and the remaining five councillors saw fit to ignore a large group of concerned citizens and are proceeding with the acquisition of land for this traffic circle.
The mayor was promoting this same traffic circle back in 2014, but conditions were against him. Now with only six months before a municipal election, the mayor and five of the councillors are pushing through a project which will be a financial burden to the next administration and to St. Lazare taxpayers, while ignoring the 666 concerned citizens’ votes to postpone immediate action on this proposed project.
*In the interests of accuracy: There were 283 signatures on the online petition which represents only one signature per household. Therefore, as couples if not more per household, (minimum times 2 ) = 566 signatures. Plus the written version of the petition contained over 100 signatures, so 666 signatures total.