Isitt was the target of a stern response online, many taking offence to the timing of the motion being on the same day the nation commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Isitt said Friday he apologized to anyone offended by the timing but was not sorry for standing up for taxpayers and was focused on council’s debate on what to do about a $130,000 police budget overrun. “The reason it was time-sensitive is the main overrun is associated with Canada Day and that event’s happening in a few weeks, so there had to be some certainty of what to do about that cost,” Isitt said. On Friday, Isitt confronted the controversy in a blog post on Medium.com, saying “corporate media” was “silent” on a proposal he helped to bring forward Thursday with Councillor Jeremy Loveday for a $90-million for regional housing plan.
I did not support the motion. I get choked up on every Nov 11th because of the service of Canadian men and women. And still, today, the need for peace.— Lisa Helps – Victoria Mayor (@lisahelps) June 7, 2019
“More unfortunate, however, is the nefarious ways in which conservative political forces and their agents in the corporate media have chosen to distort Victoria City Council’s benign request for assistance from federal authorities, into a supposed affront to war veterans,” Isitt wrote.
“We should not be surprised that neofascist, “alt-right” formations such as the Proud Boys and more moderate conservative voices in the corporate media would prefer that citizens in Victoria and other communities focus on controversy — rather than on tackling the major challenges of our time: poverty and housing inaffordability; climate change and the ecological crisis; and the dangerous slide away from democratic participation and toward fearmongering and neo-fascist politics.”He also spoke to media about his position.
Victoria councillor Ben Isiit speaks to media about the controversy over his motion to ask DND to cover Remembrance Day costs Victoria Coun. Ben Isitt speaks about his motion to ask the Department of National Defence to cover some of the cost of Remembrance Day.Read More Here: https://www.cheknews.ca/victoria-councillor-says-military-should-shoulder-cost-of-policing-events-such-as-remembrance-day-commemorations-567276/ Posted by CHEK News: Official Page on Friday, June 7, 2019