CFBB OPINION: Avoid any Sister City Agreements
For the Mayors’ staff not to communicate properly with the rest of Council is unacceptable. The December 20th press release was a clear contravention to Council’s resolution and could very well be in violation of the City’s own Code of Conduct. Mayor Jeffrey and Councillor Medeiros are the architects of this controversy and should make a formal apology to Brampton’s Tamil community for misleading them to think a Sister City agreement was forthcoming. Just like the recent Sister City Agreement with the Town of Ribeira Grande , Sao Miguel, Portugal, CFBB feels that there has been little evidence over the years of any real economic benefit to the City of Brampton with these types of arrangements. In our opinion, these politically motivated sister city agreements are just vote pandering and an excuse for Council members to take junkets at the taxpayers’ expense. In our opinion, the best policy moving forward should be to avoid any new sister city agreements entirely. Don’t we have more important matters for our Mayor and Council to focus their attention on?
Chris Bejnar and Doug Bryden