How much for the ‘6’ next year?
Well, summer is here — new potatoes and strawberries are in the stores and, oh, yes — the big red numbers on the waterfront are back.
Kind of like saving the number candles for next year’s birthday cake, Downtown Charlottetown Inc. has bought the number ‘5’ to bring the sign up to date. They would not tell us how much it cost other than to say it was “much, much cheaper” than P.E.I. 2014 Inc. spent last year. They also tell us that “No taxpayers’ money is used in anything done” by the organization.
Well, that is refreshing to hear. P.E.I. 2014 Inc. spent, what? $29 million of taxpayers’ money for last year’s big party and brought in an additional $28 million in tourism dollars. Not a marketing coup in my books.
The other troubling part of this story is that if the Downtown folks spent ‘ much, much less’ this year for the ‘5’, why did the P.E.I. 2014 group spend ‘ much, much more’ for the number ‘4’ last year, especially since it was taxpayers’ money?
I guess we’re lucky Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s government has promised accountability from now on, so this type of foolishness will cease. Lloyd Kerry Charlottetown