© Cole Carruthers
Valley View Centre is home to 203 residents and employs close to 500 in the Moose Jaw area.
When scrutinizing governments, it’s not too hard to wonder how much of the truth we’re getting.
As the senate scandal continues to unfold, we’re learning more and more about what we didn’t know from the beginning. Only a few days ago we learned Sen. Pamela Wallin has to pay back an addition $17,000 in expenses, totaling close to $139,000.
More news is unraveling with Sen. Mike Duffy. The National Post reported on Aug. 16 that Prime Minister Stephen Harper would be called as a witness if the Duffy expense allegations goes to a courthouse.
Closer to home, on Monday the provincial government announced its acceptance of all 14 of the Valley View Centre (VVC) Transition Steering Committee recommendations. As well there was a groundbreaking ceremony for a new residence.
However, none of the VVC staff members or Mayor Deb Higgins were invited to the ceremony. Interestingly enough, the VVC staff and Higgins have a number of concerns relating to the announcement, as detailed in Tuesday’s Times-Herald story.
This raises more than a few questions. The staff members are frontline workers with the VVC residents. They have stated they consider the residents to be a part of their family, but yet they said they haven’t been consulted in the VVC transition process.
Why not? Why not exhaust all angles of consultation before making plans directly affecting 500 jobs and almost 200 residents plus families?
The City of Moose Jaw’s mayor was also not invited to the announcement. Again, why not? Higgins is the mayor of the city that is affected by the closure of VVC.
Also, people’s concerns should be heard by the government and taken seriously. Yes, accepting the recommendations is good news. But it isn’t the end or, as many suspect, the whole story.
One of the major concerns was that the provincial government isn’t disclosing the entire plan. And we may never know all of the answers, but that doesn’t mean we should stop demanding them.
Either way there are a lot of questions the provincial government representatives need to answer and should be held accountable for. That is their job as our elected officials.
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