BREAKING NEWS – Niagara Area MPP Slams Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Board’s  “Petty Politics” And Contempt For Recent Ontario Judge’s Ruling Over NPCA’s Suit Against Local Citizen Ed Smith

MPP Cindy Forster Repeats Her Call To Ontario Government To Appoint Supervisor to Take Over NPCA Operations

“The people of Niagara are fed up with the petty politics embraced by the NPCA board members.” – Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster

A Statement to the Ontario Legislature from Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster

Posted December 5th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

The following is from the Hansard for Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 from the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park, Toronto

Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster

Ms. Cindy Forster: “I want to commend the town of Pelham, Mayor Dave Augustyn and town council, whose reputations have been under attack by a group of regional politicians. Throughout, Mayor Augustyn has been honest, transparent and has displayed the very best of what we ask of our public servants.

KPMG recently released an audit clearing the town, council and mayor of any wrongdoing. Despite this, Grimsby (regional) councillor Tony Quirk, chair of the Niagara region’s audit committee, questioned the accounting expertise and said he will continue to pursue his concerns.

Grimsby regional councillor and NPCA board member Tony Quirk

Now, Mr. Quirk is also on the NPCA board, who I talk about quite often, and recently launched a verbal attack against a Superior Court judge, who dismissed the conservation authority’s lawsuit against decorated military veteran Ed Smith. As the justice noted, there are many places in the world one might expect such a crackdown on free speech and criticism to happen, but now in our beloved dominion of Canada. Thus Mr. Quirk’s attacks on Pelham are highly hypocritical. He should release the legal costs for the NPCA’s suing of a private citizen if he’s on a mission of transparency and accountability.

The people of Niagara are fed up with the petty politics embraced by the NPCA board members. The all-party provincial public accounts committee has appointed the Auditor General.

Port Colborne is now calling for a supervisor, and I will continue to work on this file and encourage other municipalities in the NPCA watershed, paying millions of tax dollars, to do the same, because that is how democracy works.”

Niagara At Large will be posting more on this issue later. Please stay tuned!

This display of the NPCA board reps and NPCA exec David Barrick was produced by a new Niagara citizen activist group called Better Niagara. More about that group on Niagara At Large later.

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