Q. Are you surprised by the $474,000.00 loss registered by the Hamilton Waterfront Trust (HWT) for the year 2011, particularly in light of the HWT promising a surplus as late as November 2011? Will you be probing this matter?
A. As always, thank you for the email inquiry. Happy Canada Day to everyone. My preference is to have all the facts in front of me, with a report from HWT, it’s auditor and city finance staff at a GIC committee of council . Discussion at a GIC will be the appropriate forum to allow all councillors the opportunity to publicly probe deeper, debate and decide a prudent course of action on behalf of our taxpayers. Our waterfront has improved greatly through HWT projects with the skating rink, coffee shop, trail improvements and new restaurants to come. I do not believe it serves anyones interests to speculate or jump to conclusions without all the facts on the table. We do need to keep a sharp eye on taxpayers money and how it is spent. If further investigation is needed, with Council direction it will be done. If not, the public will have heard the details at a public GIC meeting and we can move on. I have a great deal of confidence in Cr. Jackson, Clr Collins and Clr. Farr, who along with the rest of City Council will address any concerns with-in the HWT operations and project processes.
Councillor Judi Partridge
Hamilton Ward 15 Flamborough