No response from elected officials
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