The statements in March 4th’s letter to the editor signed by Mayor Rowett, in response to my letter about the public funds spent on three integrity commissioners, were largely extraneous to the issues I raised. While the efficiency savings made by staff are commendable and appropriate, they cannot be used to forgive wasted money.
Not all the facts surrounding the engagement of the integrity commissioners have been made known. For instance, the council code of conduct clearly required a supporting affidavit in support of a complaint, and there was none. The issue was not brought before council, nor has it been made known who authorized the integrity commissioners. The procurement bylaw imposes financial limits on unbudgeted items and requirements for council approval. An “appropriate process” was therefore not followed.
Previously in this newspaper, the mayor said “...you can never be too transparent...You have to give no reason for people to question the issues.”
At times it becomes necessary for people to question the issues through the free, independent and uncensored press, which is vital to our democracy.
I welcome further dialogue with the mayor in person. This would help achieve accountability and truth.
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