Posted by Ian:
In February, two levels of government doled out millions of dollars in Build Canada infrastructure funding and St. Thomas was shut out.
There was no shortage of cash to lavish on the rest of Elgin. In fact, Aylmer, Bayham, Dutton/Dunwich, Malahide, Southwold and the county itself hit paydirt on projects ranging from road and sewer maintenance to facility upgrades.
The exclusion of St. Thomas from the funding beneficiaries had council, city staff, Police Chief Bill Lynch and the rest of the St. Thomas Police Service scratching their heads.
You see the provincial and federal dollars were pegged for construction of a badly-needed police headquarters, which, when completed, would have eased the burden somewhat on the strained courts that share the Colin McGregor Justice Building.
And remember, the city was only allowed to submit one project for consideration.
Two months later, the truth begins to emerge in the form of a letter from Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Joe Preston to the St. Thomas Times-Journal in which he informs, “I take very seriously my role as your representative at the federal level as well as the local level.”
Just how seriously, Joe?
Because later on you note, “many communities in Elgin-Middlesex-London have been able to secure funding and have started work now through the Building Canada Fund that totals $8.8 billion over seven years.”
Now, digest this next paragraph carefully.
“The priority funding categories for the fund are our core national highway system routes, drinking water, waste water, public transit and green energy,” stresses Joe in the letter.
Joe, and by extension MPP Steve Peters, in which category exactly would a new police headquarters fit?
Both of you knew the priority funding categories, so why would you endorse the city’s application for funding to construct a new home for city police?
Our application, was doomed from the get-go.
Steve and Joe, you owe our mayor and city council, city staff, Chief Bill Lynch and every member of the St. Thomas Police Service and every city ratepayer an explanation.
Posted by Ian: