Ashton should step aside

dave perry22Former Penticton Mayor Dave Perry says the local government party candidate should step aside from his municipal duties now  and not wait till later.

Perry says Penticton Liberal candidate Dan Ashton has become too political in criticizing the leader of the NDP and that could work against the chances of getting hospital improvements at PRH or government support in the future for many projects.

His concern is that while Ashton is a Liberal MLA candidate in the May 14th provincial election, he is still mayor of the city and chair of RDOS.

“A mayor’s position is unique as municipalities depend to a very large extent on senior levels of government for funding to help with necessary works and projects that their constituents need or want done. Every member of council is taught at some point not to bite the hand that feeds you,” Perry told Castanet.

Ashton says it’s clear that Premier Christy Clark has taken this issue head on, while Mr. Dix refuses to put forward any ideas. Dix has since visited the hospital.

“I told everybody point blank that when the writ is dropped, I will take an unpaid leave of absence,” says Ashton. “I will also be paying up to $35,000 for the mayoral  by-election.”

Photo and files from Castanet

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