Comment 79062

By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted July 01, 2012 at 11:23:39

I tend to agree with H+H. Councillor Merulla’s snub of The Hamiltonian is reminiscent of the way Mayor Bratina routinely snubs The Hamilton Spectator. This is disappointing in both instances. Elected municipal office holders should not snub questions from the local media about municipal matters.

Although Councillor Jackson does not directly answer the ten questions asked by The Hamiltonian, his reply does contain some new information. Part of Councillor Jackson’s reply to The Hamiltonian on Thursday, June 28, 2012 states that “The 2011 Auditor’s report by Deloitte should be made public this week, as the HWT board approved them this past Monday.” My reading of “this past Monday” is Monday, June 25, 2012.

It therefore seems that the public release of the Auditor’s report of 2011 HWT financial statements is imminent if it has not already been publicly released. The local media and the Hamilton taxpayers will be able to view the report and comment on the pro and cons of the Hamilton Waterfront Trust expenditures.

If it turns out that the allegations in the June 15, 2012 article in The Bay Observer are accurate, another serious question emerges: Who leaked details of the Auditor’s report on the 2011 HWT financial statements to The Bay Observer ten days before the HWT board itself reviewed and approved the report?

Comment edited by RenaissanceWatcher on 2012-07-01 11:26:21

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