How is it democracy to be stating that you are dismantling the statue on a specific date even before council has voted on the matter? Other than Geoff Young, no other member of council seems to be showing any concern over the approach. With two months until the election and a referendum question already being asked, why not just vote to add a question on whether to remove the statue and let the public decide. Certainly the costs to do that would be negligible.
Sure, let’s add every single action that local government may take to the ballot no matter how trivial and insignificant.
Change municipal tax rates? Ballot.
Hire more police? Ballot
Widen a road? Ballot
All those things are much more impactful on the city than the location of a statue so surely the population deserves to vote.
In fact why do we even need local government if they don’t make decisions? Just replace them with a CHEK news poll.