On Saturday,November 15, 2014, the answer to the question posed to the City of Prince George electorate, “Are you in favour of the City of Prince George fluoridating its water supply?”, was NO.
The referendum was non-binding rather than an assent vote based on a bylaw such as was conducted in Cranbrook and Sparwood. As a result, some people in Prince George seem to wish to reopen the debate. For example, there are over 90 comments in response to the article “Voters say no to fluoridation” in the Prince George Citizen.
The votes were 10,171 for the NO side and 8,764 for the YES side. That is a difference of 1,407 votes That means there were 16.1% more votes to stop fluoridating the water than to continue to fluoridate.
The outgoing members of Council all stated in open session that they would abide by the vote if re-elected.
Those making that statement were Lyn Hall, the current Mayor elect, and the following returning Councillors: Brian Skakun, Murry Krause, Garth Frizzell, Albert Koehler, and Frank Everitt. I understand that at least two of the new Councillors indicated during the election period that that they would also abide by the vote on the fluoridation question.
The issue has been debated in public throughout the election period. Both sides have been heard. A vote was taken. Commitments by elected officials have been made.
The time for debate is now over. The time for implementing the wishes of the majority of votes has arrived. All parties, including the media, should abide by the ethical and democratic principles and processes which are used to settle the issue of community water fluoridation throughout Canada and the USA.