How much for the ‘6’ next year?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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