Gran: Kelowna not ready for change

The founder of TaxpayersFirst believes Kelowna taxpayers are not ready for change.

And Carol Gran fears what that means for future Kelowna generations.

Gran's party of five failed to elect a single member Saturday night after running on a platform of zero tax and fiscal responsibility.

She believes they were able to get their message across but wonders if anyone really believed it.

"Kelowna isn't ready to believe they're overtaxed and that there is something to fear about the future when it comes to the pensions that need to be paid down the road. That's my biggest concern for the young generation is the burdens we're leaving them with," says Gran.

"No one seems to believe it, accept it or maybe they just want to leave their heads tucked securely in the sand. I don't know but if you think about it for 10 minutes you know this is a bad road that we are on."

TaxpayersFirst candidates finished well down the list of 31 candidates after all the votes were counted.

Gran, a former councillor, was 17th while Graeme James, also a former councillor topped the group with 4,900 votes (13th).

TaxpayersFirst may be around in 2018 when voters next go to the polls but Gran says she won't be involved.

While Gran says it's easy to look back and say you would do things differently, she says they didn't deviate from the core message.

"At the end of the day we started with the taxation issue and we ended with the taxation issue.

"The only thing that bothered me a little bit, and Walter said this, that we attacked the staff and that's not true. It has nothing to do with the staff. The staff don't make those decisions, the people around the council table do. We weren't attacking anyone, we were pointing out that the road we are going down is not a good one."

As for her future and the future of TaxpayersFirst, Gran says personally, this was her last foray into the political arena.

"I have a full life but I wanted to do this because I'm truly concerned about where we're going and I'm truly concerned about those young people that we are leaving all those responsibilities with," says Gran.

She says the future of the party will be determined by others, not by her.


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