RE­LEASE EX­PENSE IN­FOR­MA­TION ON QUE­BEC CITY CON­FER­ENCE

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Tax­pay­ers of the City of Sum­mer­side have ev­ery right to know how many coun­cil­lors went with our mayor to Que­bec City for the mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers’ meet­ings. A lot of con­tro­versy has erupted in some mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties con­cern­ing how many mem­bers were sent and at what costs. The res­i­dents of Sum­mer­side should de­mand a full re­port printed in our lo­cal pa­per ex­plain­ing the to­tal costs and the ben­e­fit for each mem­ber. I have emailed Coun. Cory Snow for these de­tails and he in­formed me he would pass my re­quest on to the CAO. With all due re­spect, this de­ci­sion is not up to the CAO to re­lease ex­penses of the mayor and coun­cil when tax dol­lars are at stake. This is a de­ci­sion by city coun­cil. I ques­tion why we as cit­i­zens have to ask for such in­for­ma­tion. This is tax dol­lars and peo­ple should be ad­vised of such an ex­pense with­out mak­ing re­quests. Past coun­cils have en­grained se­crecy for years un­til (it) fi­nally back fired. The mayor and coun­cil are elected to do a job, and are well com­pen­sated, so let’s hear the facts.

David Grif­fin,

Sum­mer­side

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