Fitzsimons Votes With Lee
Fitzsimons Votes With Lee Against Speedy Resolution
Jeanette Fitzsimons tonight abandoned her electorate's wish by voting with the Government and ensuring the Whitianga Waterways problem won't be quickly resolved, National's Caretaker MP for the Coromandel Lindsay Tisch said.
"This was the first test as to where Ms Fitzsimons' loyalties lie. Her party's vote could have seen the law changed this week, allowing this development to proceed. Instead she sold out on the people of Whitianga by delaying the legislation and opening up submissions to all and sundry.
"The submission delay means more uncertainty and costs for developers. Let's not forget that they've already been through three years of public submissions, hearings, and court appearances.
"Ms Fitzsimons should have joined National, Act and New Zealand First in saying enough is enough. Instead the Greens, holding the balance of power with seven seats, tonight secured the 66 to 54 parliamentary vote to send it to select committee.
"The Coromandel MP has completely misread her electorate. On top of not attending last week's public meeting, she has ignored that same meeting's motion to find a speedy resolution.
"The people of Whitianga will not forget this act of electoral betrayal," Mr Tisch said.