My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Ideology and Wal-Mart

Vancouver turns down a proposal for a Wal-Mart because of ideology.
Vancouver city council voted down a proposal to build a 143,000-square-foot store that would have been the city's first Wal-Mart.

Coun. Anne Roberts, who has led the fight against the store, told city council that approving the application went against everything the city is trying to do to create neighbourhood centres. Roberts said it would have also meant thousands more car trips and created more air pollution.

The council turned down the proposal by a vote of 8-3.

Mayor Larry Campbell and two councillors supported the project.

Campbell suggested that the rest of council's opposition to the development had more to do with ideology and the business practices of Wal-Mart than with land use.
Why can't consumers decide for themselves if they want to shop at Wal-Mart?