No re­sponse from elected of­fi­cials

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

In past year I have had six oc­ca­sions to write with ques­tions or con­cerns to our elected of­fi­cials fed­er­ally, provin­cially and mu­nic­i­pally. I am pleased to say that Sean Casey, my fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tive, has been gra­cious enough to ac­knowl­edge my email and re­ply — per­haps not with the re­sponse I would want, but re­ply with an ex­pla­na­tion none the less.

I was very sur­prised, then, when two emails to Richard Brown, my MLA, did not re­ceive so much as a thank you for your con­cern, let alone an an­swer to my ques­tions. Nor, I might add, did an email to Jor­dan Brown, the govern­ment whip, con­cern­ing the lack of re­ply from my elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive so­licit a re­sponse.

I was equally sur­prised when an email to my Char­lot­te­town coun­cil­lor, Ed Rice, was not ac­knowl­edged, nor my con­cerns ex­pressed to him ad­dressed. I must ad­mit I have lost my abil­ity to be sur­prised when a re­cent mis­sive to Mayor Clif­ford Lee was also met with dead air time.

Why am I be­ing ig­nored by my elected em­ploy­ees? And af­ter all, that is what Msrs. Browns, Lee and Rice are: my em­ploy­ees. The terms of em­ploy­ment may have changed since I re­tired a year ago, but I don’t ever re­call not re­spond­ing to a com­mu­ni­ca­tion or ques­tions from my em­ployer.

Per­haps the gen­tle­men in ques­tion just need a gen­tle re­minder that as a cit­i­zen of Char­lot­te­town and Prince Ed­ward Is­land, I am their em­ployer. And fur­ther re­minded that per­for­mance re­view time is fast ap­proach­ing.

Any other pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion for this ne­glect of their em­ploy­ment du­ties that could be put forth would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Will Hobbs, Char­lot­te­town

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