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Peter Kelly is the Sarah Palin of Halifax

Verbal diarrhea is the mayor's only response to concerts scandal.

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Halifax mayor Peter Kelly "should have known something out of the ordinary was occurring and should have asked more questions" about the concert funding scheme.
  • Halifax mayor Peter Kelly "should have known something out of the ordinary was occurring and should have asked more questions" about the concert funding scheme.
Throughout his report on the concert loan scandal, auditor general Larry Munroe utterly castigates Halifax mayor Peter Kelly for his involvement in the financial improprieties. Kelly is mentioned by name 54 times in the 96-page report, and his office is cited over 100 times. Here's how Munroe summarizes Kelly's role in the scandal:
Based on interviews and a review of correspondence among a number of parties, it is clear the Mayor’s Office was actively engaged and committed to developing the North Common in Halifax as a major event location. The Mayor’s Office assisted in bringing Power Promotional Events and the Paul McCartney contact - Creative Events Group (CEG) - together, and the Mayor’s Office appeared to remain in frequent contact with CEG and PPE with respect to other potential events as they unfolded. The Mayor’s Office initiated and participated in numerous meetings regarding potential and acquired concerts and responded to and was copied on many emails pertaining to the relationship with Power Promotional Events, HRM and Trade Centre Limited. Later the Mayor’s Office appears to have actively “led the charge” to obtain additional financial assistance from the Province of Nova Scotia.

When this assistance was not forthcoming, the parties actively participated in what was sometimes described as a “rescue operation”.

[snip]

The [Office of the Auditor General] believes the following persons at a minimum, were directly involved, to various degrees, in the decisions around the handling and advancement of funds: Mr. Anstey (who has publically admitted his involvement) and Mayor Kelly who both had access to information and the opportunity to raise concerns through a variety of policies and business practices.

It is our thought, given the level of experience and involvement of Mr. Anstey and Mayor Kelly in the public sector, each of these individuals should have known something out of the ordinary was occurring and should have asked more questions to determine if what they were contemplating and/or doing was appropriate, especially given the method of arranging for payments to be made to Power Promotional Events.

Being fingered by Munroe demands an immediate and clear response from Kelly. But that's not what we're getting.

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