Coun­cil can’t wash hands of is­sue

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Char­lot­te­town city coun­cil at­tempted to wash their hands of cos­metic pes­ti­cides. But they failed. Ac­count­abil­ity en­tirely re­sides with this present coun­cil.

It was this coun­cil who cre­ated their cos­metic pes­ti­cides by­law. They then held a public fo­rum for in­put. Ev­ery­one who spoke sup­ported their ini­tial by­law. Ex­cept for Rob Gallant, a pro­po­nent of cos­metic pes­ti­cides, who owns At­lantic Grad­u­ate Lawn Care and Pest Con­trol. His wife is Coun. Melissa Hil­ton.

Coun­cil pro­ceeded by unan­i­mously pass­ing their by­law’s first read­ing. Then the sit­u­a­tion got ex­ceed­ingly mud­died by a dis­jointed se­ries of events which in­cluded the lack of lead­er­ship, team work, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ethics and rules of or­der. Grand­stand­ing grew con­tentiously ram­pant.

Coun­cil made a mock­ery of their re­quest to the Province to ob­tain leg­isla­tive power to ini­ti­ate a ban, their elec­tion prom­ises, their ac­tion to get the by­law passed, and their last-ditch fee­ble ef­fort to hand the leg­isla­tive power back to the Province when they knew full well the Province had al­ready firmly said no.

They dis­hon­oured their unan­i­mously pass­ing of the Blue Dot Mu­nic­i­pal Dec­la­ra­tion of En­vi­ron­men­tal Rights by not walk­ing their talk.

They left them­selves with dirty hands, which re­quire cleans­ing. Char­lot­te­town coun­cil’s man­date is to gov­ern its own ju­ris­dic­tion within its power to do so. To up­hold their in­tegrity. And to ef­fec­tively work at pass­ing by­laws which are the will of the ma­jor­ity of its cit­i­zens. These cit­i­zens are wait­ing with con­cern for coun­cil to clean up their act. Maria Eisen­hauer, Char­lot­te­town

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