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Support growing for governance petition
There continues to be strong interest in pursuing a new governance model for Greater Vernon.
The Society for the Future Governance of Greater Vernon had its petition at the Schubert Centre on the weekend.
“There was a very good response there,” said director Peter Moore.
The petition urges local and provincial authorities to develop a plan to combine Vernon, Coldstream and Areas B and C into a single entity.
The campaign has also received an endorsement from the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce.
“Decisions made by the City of Vernon can be of huge importance to the residents of Coldstream, and vice-versa,” said Adrian Johnson, chamber president.
“We residents of these municipalities and areas live, work and play together. We should be allowed to decide if we want to be governed together.”
Currently, there are more than 2,000 signatures on hard copies and at greatervernongovernance.ca.
The society hopes to have 4,000 names by Oct. 31.
“There are a lot of petition forms out there right now,” said Moore.
Canvassers have been going to homes, door-to-door, with petitions.
But plans to have the petitions available in Greater Vernon stores have experienced a challenge.
“We approached businesses about having the petition and they are reticient about having petitions outside of their businesses,” said Moore.
“They are nervous about any possible divisiveness.”
An attempt will be made by the society to have petitions in some stores this coming weekend.
Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA, recently stated that the provincial government will not force amalgamation on Greater Vernon and any request for a governance study or referendum must come from the local jurisdictions.
“We’re interested in talking to Eric Foster to get a clarification on his position,” said Moore.