To the Editor,
Re: City committees should continue, Editorial, Feb. 11.
Your editorial puts way too much supremacy in non-elected, appointed city committees and commissions. Our duly elected council is in its statutory realm to suspend eight such panels until a core services review determines ultimate cost efficiencies for taxpayers. Writing that democracy is being averted is nonsense.
Anyone in the city with a particular concern or wishing to share knowledge can still go to the higher body, the one we elected, city council, and have their voice heard – bypassing the board in the middle, which can, with one fell swoop, knock the average citizen’s input down and out if it does not meet their preference.
Questions have arisen whether some groups become venues for some to push their own biases and wants in disguise – but many members do need to be admirably thanked for the volunteer time they so honourably bring to the table.