Was this full disclosure?

Staff writer
April 18, 2014 01:00 AM


According to the April 11 edition of the Coast Reporter, Mayor John Henderson said he didn't feel it was misleading to keep the timing of the GMF loan from voters when they cast a ballot on March 8.

There are a fair number of Sechelt residents that totally disagree with him and are outraged at the possibility that this was exclusionary detailing. Not once was it mentioned during the "information" blitz, that the funds from the loan would not even be available until after the project was completed, nor was there even a hint that the District would have to take out a line of credit to see them through the process.

The referendum question said, "to fund a portion of the construction of the wastewater treatment facility," it didn't say to fund the facility post construction.

Was this how the District "fully" informs voters on important issues?

This information plus the recently released figures for "add ons" to the project, has quite rightly raised the ire of a few people. Voters don't like having their trust betrayed and they don't like being played for fools.

It appears that terms like transparency, openness and honesty were so overused over the years that they have become meaningless to some of those that govern.

Barry Poole


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