Investigation needed into accusations against Staples

National practice of politicians using public money to blatantly support their personal interests

Investigation needed into accusations against Staples

Your article on the dismissal of the petition for a judicial review of the conduct of Michelle Staples made no mention of the validity of the charge.

The national practice of politicians using public money to blatantly support their personal interests is spreading faster than COVID. Our prime minister is active on behalf of his friends and relatives. Our provincial premier is laying out vast amounts of money to support favoured unions. Now, we have a mayor accused of using public funds to personal advantage. All of them claim that their actions are in support of the greater public good.

In the local case, and despite the mayor’s convoluted reasoning, an investigation is needed. Even now, that possibility seems to be a negligible prospect because the petitioners cannot find a way through a, newly constructed, procedural maze apparently designed to prevent one from being ordered. It looks very much as if the bureaucracy is closing ranks to protect its own. The taxpayers’ interest appears to be the least of all considerations and that must end.

John Appleby



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