Transparency needed for all

Political transparency should apply to Alberni port authority's transportation committee too, says letter writer.

To the Editor,

Is transparency important? I think so. I think that even though they are in a thankless position, our local bureaucrats and officials get it and really try hard to live up to the highest standards.

But—and you knew there would be a but—the Regional Transportation Committee chaired by the Port Alberni Port Authority has been the exception.

This is a committee whose members have, over the last two years, had multiple high level discussions with ministers and the premier. This is a committee that has compelled the Ministry of Transport to conduct a new study and issue a new report on a new highway.

It’s also a committee that has disputed that report in the media. It’s a committee that only seems to announce its intentions when asked. It’s a committee that meets in private and releases none of its work.

This is not transparency.  Taxpayers deserve better for $100-million-dollar decisions.

This critical issue demands detailed and sober consideration and the public’s participation and engagement. Where is our Official Community Plan?  How does this fit in?

I hope this committee opens up and lets the public in on its plans for the Alberni Valley.

Chris Alemany,

Port Alberni

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