Lies, mis-statements, personal attack and intimidation tactic.
This is how Mayor Karen Elliott describes the recent ad campaign on Facebook against her by developer Cheema Lands.
Responding to the campaign, Mayor Elliott says it is the only developer she knows in her political career who has resorted to such personal attacks.
“In my six years on Council, through many contentious development proposals, this is the only developer that has taken the route of using personal attack, whereas others have chosen ongoing constructive engagement,” she told the Squamish Reporter.
“I suppose this developer feels that lies and mis-statements will further their cause.”
“We have a choice as a community in how we treat one another. Some may argue that this is how political leaders can expect to be treated, but I fundamentally disagree,” she says.
Elliott says the district has a great deal of important work to do and serious issues to tackle.
“This personal, groundless attack is an unfortunate distraction and inappropriate intimidation tactic,” she says.
“I, along with Council, will stay focused on the response and recovery work ahead as our community continues to navigate its way through the ongoing pandemic,” she adds.
A few weeks ago, the District of Squamish had also issued an official rebuttal to Cheema Lands’ claim about Mayor’s conflict of interest related to OCP steep slope requirement.
In a statement issued on February 6, the district said the Mayor had no direct or indirect interest in or relationship with any developer involved in the Loggers East Neighbourhood.
The Mayor had also suspended her consulting business on January 1, 2020, the district had said in the statement.
CORRECTION: The previous version of the story attributed the Facebook campaign against the Mayor to Developer Bob Cheema. He contacted the Squamish Reporter and asked us to remove his name from the story because, he said, the campaign was being run by the “Cheema Lands Family Organisation at large and not by any particular representative of the Organisation”.