Brightenview a gift horse? We think not

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From left, Mayor Randy Hope, South Kent councillors Frank Vercouteren, Karen Herman and Art Stirling, and Brightenview vice-president Lorne Nystrom and CEO Joe Zhou announce the new 34-acre development in Blenheim’s Business Park Friday.
From left, Mayor Randy Hope, South Kent councillors Frank Vercouteren, Karen Herman and Art Stirling, and Brightenview vice-president Lorne Nystrom and CEO Joe Zhou announce the new 34-acre development in Blenheim’s Business Park Friday.

Many C-K residents are somewhat leery of Friday’s announcement that a $45 million, 500-job facility planned for Blenheim is the real deal.

The timing, a month before the municipal election, is particularly suspicious given the mayor’s history. While Mayor Hope is capable of such shenanigans, we don’t believe that to be the case this time.

There is a real NDP connection with the mayor, council candidate Dan Gelinas (who ran provincially for the party) and former MP Lorne Nystrom.

If there were political hay to be made, it would have been done in the provincial election.

As far as credit, we’ve never seen an announcement where the mayor of the day wasn’t praised but in this case economic development officials and Coun. Art Stirling deserve plenty as well.

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We’ll be watching to see the real shovels go in the ground, but in the meantime, score this as a potential big win for the community.

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