City coun­cil con­tin­ues se­crecy

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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,


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