View Royal Wants More Diversity On Its Council. Will They Get It?

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The town council of View Royal has voted narrowly to add two new councillor seats, in an effort to attract a more diverse array of candidates to seek election. Mayor David Screech argues the move to expand council is long overdue, but his detractors have questioned whether the move is necessary, given the town's small size — and have wondered whether any new candidates will apply. ("The three or four people I have heard from who are interested in running are people like me, white men. So we could end up with more of the same," said councillor John Rogers.) We speak with Mayor Screech about the vote, why he feels it's important, whether amalgamation would be a better option, and how his council plans to encourage a more diverse array of candidates.

Today's episode is sponsored by BC Black History Awareness Society and Royal BC Museum.

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