Is Coquitlam a rogue council fighting for citizens' rights or a Don Quixote tilting at windmills over its recent dust-up with Metro Vancouver over the Regional Growth Strategy.
Whatever your view of the city's refusal to sign the RGS land use document, a proposal this week for a referendum in November to get the Coquitlam voters' view on electing councillors to the board is cheap grandstanding of the highest order.
The premise makes no sense. How would electing councillors - who have already been elected - make the metro board more accountable? Second, how could such a referendum in one city be binding without an overhaul of the entire system, which was created in the 1960s by the provincial government? A better idea would be to elect the Metro board directly but that's not up to Coquitlam council to decide.
Coquitlam council should get real and stop taking cheap shots to gain political points in an election year.
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