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September 21, 2008

Dean Del Mastro, Peterborough Politicians Get Lesson in Transparency 101, Courtesy of Letter Writer to Peterborough Examiner

Wrongway_2 Peterborough municipal politicians and business leaders -- and, of course, Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro -- were given a crash course in Ethics 101, courtesy of this letter in yesterday's Peterborough Examiner:

"We do not pay our MP to be the front man for an unnamed, private developer in a municipal matter. Our public land policies are developed in open forums with all the information on the table. This is called transparency.

"We also engage local citizens, not a cabal of special interest groups behind closed doors. It is disappointing to see our local council members and business leaders climbing on board. Seems there is a ship of fools adrift on Little Lake."

This may leave you wondering why so few people in power in Peterborough seem to understand concepts like conflict of interest, transparency, public perception, and due process.

For years, I've been defending Peterborough against all those "Peterpatch" backwater jokes.

While politicians continue to behave like this, those jokes will continue. And why shouldn't they?

Unfortunately, the joke is on us, Peterborough, because these are the people we choose to elect.

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