Time for ci­ti­zens to no­tice

Journal Pioneer - - EDITORIAL -

I have writ­ten many let­ters over the past num­ber of months and ap­pre­ci­ate all that the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer has done in print­ing my views. My un­der­stand­ing is let­ters to the edi­tor must be fac­tual and not de­fame any one or any in­sti­tu­tion. I have re­cently writ­ten on the pro­posed new Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion and Pri­vacy Act, sug­gest­ing to Sum­mer­side City Coun­cil they would be very smart to move for­ward on be­ing the first city to have such leg­is­la­tion passed on P.E.I.

This is the only prov­ince in Canada with­out this leg­is­la­tion. I have also chal­lenged the mem­bers of City of Sum­mer­side coun­cil to jus­tify their 22-24 per cent raises since elected. Fur­ther, I voiced my opin­ion on why the City of Sum­mer­side should have a foren­sic au­dit com­pleted by an off-Is­land firm. The city do­ing its own book re­view will not sat­isfy the many unan­swered ques­tions. The ci­ti­zens of the city are pay­ing very high taxes, and de­serve an in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment of ev­ery dol­lar and project. Th­ese sim­ple in­quiries re­quire sim­ple an­swers. To date Mayor Bill Martin and coun­cil are show­ing they think they have some kind of en­ti­tle­ment. This coun­cil, sim­i­lar to ac­tions shown in Char­lot­te­town re­cently, is dis­grace­ful govern­ment. Elected of­fi­cials paid by the tax­pay­ers do not seem to be an­swer­able to any­one. The tax­pay­ers of both cities will de­ter­mine who qual­i­fies to be re-elected. My only hope is that the pub­lic sits up and takes no­tice, to what ap­pears to be mis­man­age­ment, no trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and trust at best.

David Grif­fin Sum­mer­side

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