Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services released a draft of the proposed Community Charter on May 28, 2002. At the time the Minister invited submissions by “all groups and individuals who wish to do so.”
Today FIPA presented its submission to the Minister which is critical of several aspects of the Draft.
[A] declared objective of the Community Charter [is] to provide “strengthened accountability
to citizens.” FIPA applauds this goal, which is shared on every side … However,
while the Charter contains many positive measures, it also contains some that fall short of
the standard of openness that is expected of modern local governments, and a few that pose a
serious threat to the openness and accountability that is the government’s stated aim.