LETTER: Staff candidate profiling ‘shocking’

Re: Saanich staff profiled candidates during election campaign: Atwell, saanichnews.com (Dec. 15)

Re: Saanich staff profiled candidates during election campaign: Atwell, saanichnews.com (Dec. 15)

When Saanich voters voted for change, I don’t think any of us realized quite how badly change was needed.

It is shocking to me as both a resident and a taxpayer that senior staff were pulled into a meeting to review platforms of those running three days before the election.

That cost us money to prepare the presentation and for staff time. There is no possible acceptable explanation for this.

The fact that Coun. Susan Brice doesn’t seem to think this is an unusual practice reinforces the need for some major changes in Saanich.

Things have gotten entirely too cozy if this is the norm.

Staff attending all candidates meetings on their own time is not the issue here. They are free as citizens to do as they wish.

It is the development of a PowerPoint presentation and taking of staff time to attend an inappropriate management meeting that is so shocking.

Changes to governance in Saanich cannot come too soon.

Karen Harper

Saanich