© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Joe Bystryk and his son York walk down Highland Avenue in Charlottetown Monday. They have to walk out on the street because sidewalks on both sides have not been plowed.
NDP Leader Mike Redmond says province should get involved and push for a third-party assessment of capital city's snow clearing
Prince Edward Island's NDP Leader is urging the provincial government to push for a third-party audit of Charlottetown's snow removal service.
"The difficulty caused by inadequate snow removal in Charlottetown over the last couple of weeks has been enormous,'' Mike Redmond said in a news release calling for Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan to get involved.
Redmond stated, "The mess hit the bottom line of many downtown businesses over the Christmas period. It was very uncomfortable and unsafe for people trying to get back and forth to work as well as senior citizens, people with disabilities and mothers with young kids."
Media reports and letters to the editor expressed serious concern about the snow problem with at least one local businessman calling for a new strategic plan for snow removal in the downtown.
"We need to get this problem out in the open but so far nobody in authority is doing anything", Redmond said.
The NDP leader indicated in November 2013 that P.E.I. was in great need of transparency concerning municipal governance in freedom of information legislation.
P.E.I. is the only Atlantic Canadian province not to include municipal transparency provisions in legislation.
The city corporation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.