The silence program
Summerside residents deserve answers from council on port development
On Feb. 10, 2010, the federal government transferred ownership of the Port of Summerside to the Summerside Port Corporation Inc. The president of this six-member board is Arnold Croken, vicepresident is Bob Ashley, the city’s chief administrative officer.
The mission statement of the corporation is to develop new business opportunities for the port. It’s been seven years since this change of ownership took place.
Gail Shea, federal Fisheries minister at the time, allocated approximately $30 million to this new ownership, to be used over the next 25 years.
The taxpayers have every right to know what has been done about development at our port since 2010. A complete description of this project to date, including any further development, should be made public as per the agreement.
I requested disclosure of these facts a few weeks ago, and to date have not received a reply. Summerside Mayor Bill Martin and city council have introduced us, the taxpayers, to the silence program they operate under. This mindset of entitlement in government usually leads to disaster. One only has to look at the way our Liberal government operates to understand they care very little for the hard working Islander.
Taxpayers in any municipality, when requesting information as to how our tax dollars are being spent, should be supplied with all their requests immediately. This cat-and-mouse game with no comments is extremely embarrassing to our great city.
We will wait and see who steps up to deliver. Just a vivid reminder to all politicians: it’s hard-working Islanders who pay your wages. I would suggest you do the job we elected you to do and get away from this secrecy.
You will all be visible come the next election with all kinds of promises and ways we can all do better.
I do hope the people of Summerside have long memories, stand tall and rid our council of these no-comment, silent responses. Summerside taxpayers deserve a lot more than this.
In 2010, then-federal Fisheries minister Gail Shea allocated around $30 million to the Summerside Port Corporation.