I have a great deal of respect for Professor Siegel – so much, in fact, that he was one of the first people we had come and speak to the Governance Committee in the last term of Council. I suppose that is why I find the title of his column so strange.
The Governance Committee DID define the problem; quite succinctly, in fact. The problem is one of knowledge for the decision-makers in government; that is, the elected officials. No one doubts that staff at the two levels of government speak to one another – if they didn’t, there’d be some serious low-hanging fruit for this Council to pick off. But staff don’t set policy for the community.
The ‘Answer’ that we developed was quite clearly an answer to that problem. When the problem is one of lack of knowledge at the two levels of elected officials, the answer is to…
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