City council continues secrecy
I have read with interest comments from Bruce MacDougall, that the City of Summerside is taking steps to keep out access to information law. Every other province in Canada has this legislation whereby any citizen can obtain information as it relates to the operations of any city or municipality.
The City of Summerside’s release of information on spending taxpayers’ money is extremely flawed, and has been for years. Our city council has proven they don’t answer letter requests, obviously taking the attitude, they don’t have to answer to the electorate.
This type of thinking creates many problems, as the taxpayers of Summerside have a right to know where every cent of our tax dollars are being spent, including all deals made by council.
They seem to forget their promises of change and fiscal restraint during our last election. It appears in some form they have taken an entitlement, where they are running the show, without public consultations or answering concerns.
Read Mr. MacDougall’s comments carefully. He mentions permits, contracts, donation etc. and than quotes, “transparency should be there.” He must have made a mistake, because it should read will be there - not the should or may game.
I speak only of the citizens of Summerside, as each and every one of them deserve full disclosure, transparency, openness from municipal government anytime they requests answers. Let’s not forget the big campaign on change. David Griffin,