Mayne Island

Mayne RAR Briefing

David Maude - presentation at the Trust Council March 9, 2011

A perspective from David Lindquist from Mayne Island:

I knew intuitively at the time of its imposition that the Mandate of the Islands Trust was misbegotten. It amounted to the outright expropriation of private property rights for an entire region. It defined the residents of the Gulf Islands as uniquely incapable of managing their affairs and radicalized our governance into an ideological collective, against our will. Quite simply, the Islands Trust is an instrument of oppression. It is the equivalent of being forced to join, or at least live under, a religion that one finds ill-justified and odious; call it eco-sharia. Don't like it; don't need it; don't accept it.
Small lot subdivisions on Pender and Mayne are cited as reasons for originally imposing a development freeze, giving time for the creation of Official Community Plans. I suspect that those subdivisions contain much of the (relatively) affordable housing to be had on those islands. And from observation, I know that Mayne's understanding of residential density has evolved -- not everyone needs or wants 10 acres. Areas of higher density can relieve subdivision pressure on larger parcels, thus retaining them for a more diverse mix. In any case, now that the islands all have OCPs and the emergency is passed, normal democratic government should be restored.
I think it is of dubious value to banter with the Province over their covering the costs of maintaining the Trust on behalf of all British Columbians. We don't exist for the benefit of non-residents of the Gulf Islands, in the same sense that they do not manage their property and communities for our benefit. Just a ridiculous concept and a pernicious threat to the maintenance of any sustainable civic order. And accepting the continuance of the Trust as a "hit squad on behalf of the environment" gives the game away, leaving it with a role that is not necessary or valid.
The anti-human environmentalists have been given control of the life and death of our communities, and maintain this control via external enforcement. They are hostile to the normal aspirations of ordinary people trying to establish and maintain residential and employment security in the Gulf Islands, and on at least one island, have prevented property owners from living on their own land, unless consenting to dispossession of the major portion of it. This has to be rectified. The Gulf Island communities need to seek meaningful autonomy from the Province, so that they can manage their affairs in the same ways that other communities do -- democratically.




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