Letter: Process on 216 interchange most troubling aspect of project

Editor: Needless to say, there are many many reasons why the 216 Street interchange is not proper for the community.

However, what troubles me the most is the process itself.

Ever since the day this project was a “go,” there has been no public hearing or any form of public input requested.

Earlier this year, there was an open house at Alex Hope Elementary, but basically it was just telling us, this interchange is coming.

I, as well as many of my neighbours, have been told this project was already approved 30 years ago.

However, it appears none of the neighbours, even those who lived here for over 30 years, are aware of any public hearing process that had been held regarding this project.

Furthermore, our MLA, Rich Coleman, as an elected official and the key person of this provincial interchange project, has been an “invisible man” on this matter.

There were countless emails and phone calls made to Mr. Coleman since last year.

Unfortunately, the response from him remains zero.

If he does not care about this local issue, why should he be elected as Langley MLA? Or maybe he has been MLA for too long.

The definition of democracy is an organization or situation in which everyone is treated equally and has equal rights.

Being a representative is an honour and a privilege.

With that comes responsibility to us, the people. We have a right to expect those who represent us to be accountable.

Why is the MLA ignoring us?  Why is he ignoring our federal government recommendations regarding health and not choosing homes or schools near busy roads?

The facts speak for themselves, and yet he is forging ahead, ignoring the information that we have now regarding health.

Does he not care if people become ill or if children get killed? Why is he choosing not to listen to us?

Is Langley a democracy?

Yushen Shi (Janghu Pianzi),

Langley