By Letter to the Editor on August 5, 2020.
Re: “Province sends ARCHES audit to LPS,” Herald, July 24.
If $1,600,000 of misappropriated, unaccounted for or money missing from the taxpayers’ piggy bank is not sufficient to investigate as a criminal matter, I don’t know what would be. This scandalous debacle from the beginning is coming to a conclusion and I’m one of the vast majority of taxpayers paying for this city-wide harm-inducing project who are plenty pleased it is.
The LPS investigation must be swift, it must be neutral and it must be conclusive in their findings. I know of not one person who believes a line of feeders at the public trough, unelected ones at that, one of them drawing a salary in the range of the prime minister with others close behind, doesn’t warrant a serious investigation – an “all cards on the table in a public forum” one, too! We want to know what is going on and has gone on!
Having said that, I have a nagging suspicion our police service is not neutral, and will not be swift in their dealings with this serious matter. It’s going to take some time finding expertise in obfuscating techniques to arrive at a publicly palatable excuse for the abuse.
As a side note, I haven’t heard much from the prime tooter of this community-wrecking calamitous mess, Shannon Phillips, NDP MLA for Lethbridge-West. Normally Ms. Phillips is lightning-quick on the trigger, filling the target full of holes related to abuses she’s right on top of. Not much from the chief magistrate either – and that was entirely predictable, too!
Alvin W. Shier