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Letter: Heed voice of voters

By James Blighton, VANCOUVER
Published: March 23, 2023, 6:00am

For all those Vancouver City Council members that do not believe that a “no” vote means anything, may I remind them that they should have thought twice about running for public office if they considered themselves smarter than the voters.

To make a statement suggesting a low voter turnout does not reflect the true feeling of the voters concerning an issue: Perhaps one of reasons for low voter turnout is that many of the politicians say one thing and do just the opposite. All you smarty pants politicians should take a long look into the nearest mirror and ask this question, “Am I going to serve the people who voted me into office or once I am in office, I will do what I darn well please, regardless of the feelings of the voters that put me here”?

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